Boards eye view

Why taking matters in to your own hands is best for your health.
Amanda Burston

Despite planning and public wellbeing campaigns, the health of the population continues to deteriorate due to lifestyles which contribute to a variety of health conditions.

Public Health England states the cost of caring for the public is in excess of £11 billion and showing no signs of abating.

Historically, lifestyles have been adapted in conjunction with medical advances to combat many disease processes, like diphtheria, polio, smallpox and scurvy, HIV and Aids.

Public cure

However, todays killers – diabetes, obesity, cancer, lung associated diseases and drug/alcohol complaints – can all be attributed to public choice and lifestyle. The ‘cure’, therefore, lies with the public.

The NHS faces unprecedented financial pressures and is crumbling under the weight of public expectation. But if individuals accept responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, this could all change.

Health challenge

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