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Holistic Health

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What is Holistic Health?

LiveWell follows the clear definition of health developed by the World Health Organization which is:

Health is a state of complete mental, social and physical wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.[1]

LiveWell believes that true health is achieved through a holistic approach that encompasses physical, mental, social and financial health.

With the Covid-19 pandemic impacting our health in various ways and a lack of clarity about potential long-term health effects, a comprehensive focus on prevention is essential.

 

 

The Four Pillars of Health

 

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The State of Global Health

The leading cause of premature deaths globally are lifestyle-related diseases.[2]



What impact do lifestyle-related conditions have?

  • Heart attacks, strokes, some cancers and diabetes account for over 70% of deaths worldwide. In recent years the numbers have been rising.
  • These lifestyle-related conditions also increase the rate of disability worldwide.

Visit the World Health Organization (WHO) website for the full article.

To combat these high mortality rates and fight cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes mellitus, chronic respiratory diseases and injuries, WHO recommends a global focus on several key areas.

 

Focus areas for improving global health[2]

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Child health
  • Road injuries
  • Mental health conditions, notably depression

The bigger picture

Poor health has repercussions far beyond the individual. It also affects our workplaces and our global economy.

Impact on the workforce

According to the Global Wellness Institute:

  • 3.2 billion workers are increasingly unwell facing significant economic uncertainty, growing older and being less healthy, stressed, unhappy and unsafe at work.
  • 52% of adults are overweight or obese with 76% ‘struggling’ or ‘suffering’ in their physical wellbeing.

Read the Global Wellness Institute’s report on The Future of Wellness at Work, 2016.

 

 

Health Facts and Figures

When you join LiveWell*, you begin a journey of discovery about your health which can support you in taking ownership of your health journey. Here are some facts about holistic health to get you started.

 

Your health in old age is not random
There are some health variations in older people that are down to genetic inheritance, but mostly health depends on your physical and social environment.[3] So it’s crucial to start working towards better health today.

30-50% of all cancers are preventable[4]
Cancer is becoming more common. But detection tools like health screening, as well as healthy behaviours like stopping smoking, can help to reduce rates of cancer around the globe.

Depression is a common global health issue 
Over 264 million people are affected by depression.[5] Although it’s a serious disorder, mild to moderate depression can be effectively treated not only by counselling and drugs, but by focussing on a healthy diet and exercise as well.

Obesity is on the rise worldwide 
The number of obese people has tripled globally since 1975.[6] Carrying extra weight puts you at a higher risk of a range of diseases, but prevention may be possible with the right nutrition and exercise regime.

Mental illness has a huge impact on global productivity 
Depression and anxiety costs the global economy $1 trillion every year.[7] A key way that can improve mental health is to improve our working habits, environment as well as building out stronger social links.

 


[1] Preamble to the Constitution of WHO as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19 June - 22 July 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of WHO, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948. (https://www.who.int/about/governance/constitution)

[2] WHO reveals leading causes of death and disability worldwide: 2000-2019

[3] https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ageing-and-health

[4] https://www.who.int/health-topics/cancer

[5] https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression

[6] https://www.who.int/health-topics/obesity

[7] https://www.who.int/news/item/13-04-2016-investing-in-treatment-for-depression-and-anxiety-leads-to-fourfold-return

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