Our health is gloablly top priority and is ranked number 3 in the SDG list of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). “Good health and well-being” aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for everyone of all ages.”

To monitor progress, the World Health presents a statistics report every year. The annual report provides updates regarding the various health goals and describes the impact of unexpected changes such as Covid. The level of care, the availability of care and the cost of care are major challenges worldwide and the differences are large between countries and individuals with high and lower incomes. A short summary is very difficult, what is striking is that illness and death as a result of communicable factors (CD = Communicable Disease) mainly occur in less developed countries and that diseases of affluence (NCD = Noncommunicable Disease) mainly occur in developed countries (page 37). These lifestyle diseases are the result of physical environment, exercise, diet, social environment and personal well-being. These figures are alarming and have a major impact on the quality of life of the working population and the happiness of young adults in particular. Cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer and Diabetes type 2 are described in detail and it is striking that Diabetes type 3, Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases are not mentioned in this overview. Many young people suffer from depression and the suicide rates are the highest in Europe (page 34).

In lifestyle diseases, the health risk factors mentioned are malnutrition and overweight and to a lesser extent anemia in women and alcohol and tobacco use. The United Nations is working to reduce specific ingredients for the food industry such as trans fats (page 50) while the population is growing heavier and heavier due to the amount of ultra-processed foods. 80% of what is offered in the supermarket is processed and contains unnatural substances that harm the body and natural substances that influence our intake in far too high concentrations. Malnutrition is not only for babies in developing countries, malnutrition is also the result of one-sided eating and the lack of nutrition in food. Insufficient variety in fresh foods and an overconsumption of food that is counterproductive for a good metabolism and absorption of essential nutrients in the blood. Other risk factors for health are the external environment, where pollution of water and air permeate our entire ecosystem in homes, food and all living things. The greater the pollution, the longer it is pumped around and the longer it takes for it to leave our ecosystem. Drinking water enriched with steroids, hormones and food including metal parts, pans with BPA and the substitutes is still little known. Oddly enough, violence against women also falls under this chapter. There is no mention of violence by men as a health risk to health, although this is very serious. (Page 52).

Primary Health Care is the foundation for an equal and resilient health system for the UN (page 62). Emphasising a multi-sectoral approach to health, working with people and communities and offering (preventive) health promotion services is at the heart of this integrated health system. The focus is on organising funding for the implementation of the care, there is no mention of preventive care and lifestyle interventions on a national of private leve There is a website with tools and activities for corporate participation.This website for employers, what the business community can do to contribute to the SDG goals, examples are given of what companies have developed in terms of projects. The case studies for Good Health & Well-being include the Reckfitt in Africa tiger project to fight AIDS, Avanti, an e-health project to perform real-time diagnosis and GSK conducting research for drug development. The last project is Mind, a project in the UK where the introduction of mental health within the company ensures that you as an employer can help your employees prevent or reduce mental complaints.

To help employers in the Netherlands with the mental and physical health of employees, Hamptons Health has developed a program of services. Ranging from conversations with individual employees and interactive prevention for self-care to group training and a wellness action plan. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Links:

www.sdgs.un.org United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

www.globalgoals.org The SDG & the to do list to contribute for businesses and partners. 

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Athalie Stegeman
Hamptons Health

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