Why do we care about prevention?
Posted by Wellbeing People on 9 January, 2019
The NHS published its long term plan this week, which outlined how the NHS plans to change over the next 10 years.
One of the major talking points was a shift in emphasis and funding from curing illness to preventing it. This idea is nothing new to us at Wellbeing People and has been a cause we have been championing for a while. In fact, prevention is at the core of everything we do in both the public and private sector.
The NHS plan highlighted that 617,000 admissions to hospital have obesity as a primary or secondary diagnosis and with the intrinsic link between obesity and type 2 diabetes, strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems trying to reduce these admissions makes perfect sense. If you add the sizable effects of smoking, excess alcohol and other lifestyle choices, it is clear that there is a huge amount of potential in engaging with peoples lifestyles before they have a problem.
Engaged Prevention® is the cornerstone of our philosophy, as we encourage individuals to take control of their own basic health readings with our Interactive Kiosk and give them opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing through our workshops, activities, literature and referral pathways. A single use our Interactive Health Kiosk or a quick onsite cholesterol and glucose test, can give the individual the information and the motivation for them to intervene before they become another statistic.
The NHS plan also identified the growing gap between the health and wellbeing of lower income children and families, and their higher income counterparts.
Wellbeing People have always been very passionate about this issue and is reflected in the community projects we get involved in. The perfect example of this is the Health MOT Roadshow project we have been running with our partners, KCHT and One You in Kent for the past few years. This project provides NHS health checks in areas that have been specifically targeted for their low social-economic status. These checks can identify diabetes and cardiovascular risks before they become a major issue and uses up scarce NHS resources. It’s important that this idea of prevention is instilled at a young age as the social-economic health gap is at its most significant in schools. This is why take great pride in the development of our Wellbeing for Schools products and services. We also work with the Mason Mile Foundation, promoting exercise in young people and the various educational.
It’s been known for a while that preventing illness is incredibly important and cost effective, which is why we believe the more that can be done to prevent poor health and wellbeing, rather than simply dealing with the consequences, the better we’ll all be for it.