At 2020health we are concerned with examining the impact that decisions about health and healthcare make on society and the economy. These decisions are not just about the government, policy leaders and health experts, but about the decisions you and I make everyday regarding how we live our lives. Do we choose to smoke, drink too much alcohol, eat too much salt, drink enough water, eat five times a day and exercise for 30 minutes? We are bombarded daily with information about what we should and should not do to stay healthy. It is difficult enough keeping up with all the advice, let alone trying to implement it in our time-poor, information overloaded society. Is it any wonder that many people are confused?
This morning I went to the launch of the Sainsbury’s Wells Project, a year long programme that aims to show how community pharmacists can work alongside NHS services to provide a resource for advice guidance and support in making healthy life style choices, like those above. Ten families, all called Wells, will be encouraged and supported in making healthy choices by their pharmacist. We at 2020 will be helping in the evaluation of the programme and we are excited about working on a project that we feel is important given the enormity of the public health agenda and the anticipated impact of unhealthy decisions on our future finances
Here at 2020health our research often leads us to explore the results of these poor health decisions, or we recommend to policy makers how to improve health outcomes. As a health think tank we thought about our own lifestyles and wondering how well we lived up to those ideas we espouse. So, the team here have undertaken a programme to walk the recommended 10,000 steps a day. Over the next few weeks at the end of each blog a member of the team will reflect on how well they are doing in achieving this goal and review the highs and lows. So beginning tomorrow 2020health Pedometer Watch will make its first appearance. Stay tuned!