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University of Florida launches research lab to study long-term health benefits of engaging with the arts

Jill Sonke, director of the UF Center for Arts in Medicine and co-principal investigator of the lab explains the new initiative:
β€œThe EpiArts Lab will build on the epidemiological approach by measuring the impact of the arts at a population level that Dr. Daisy Fancourt has pioneered in the UK. We are excited about the potential for linking the arts to public health through this research and to driving policy change that will enable greater access for Americans to the health benefits of the arts.”
The lab will conduct a three-year analysis of existing long-term data sets of U.S. populations to explore how participation in arts activities may be related to health and well-being, health behaviors, child development, aging, and health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and dementia.