Reimagine your health

 

Open Health is a social enterprise to develop, trial and launch a world-first online health enhancement platform into our health system, and into the social context of our everyday lives.

It’s ground-breaking because we’re combining the psychology and clinical application of health change with communication technology in a more comprehensive, holistic and interactive way than has been attempted before.

In short, we’re taking lifestyle change online and making it empowering, engaging and enjoyable.

to a health & wellbeing
transformation
You set your own goals and priorities in a personalised, holistic, 12-week online health enhancement program

It’s innovative because the initiative is being powered by the community, through social media, crowd funding and ‘startup’ thinking. We believe people want the tools to take charge of and improve their health and will help us make this happen.

It’s ‘open’ because it will be widely accessible, inclusive and affordable. It will be available on your mobile, tablet or notebook, however you like to connect, with integrated email, sms and eventually, wearable technologies too.

Built on open source with a social impact philosophy, Open Health is for everyone; mums and dads, twenty-somethings, health practitioners and their patients, and organisations as a workplace health and wellbeing solution.

Register your interest and we’ll keep you in the loop!


The status quo

Australia, like other western countries, is in the midst of an epidemic of preventable lifestyle-related and chronic conditions.

It’s increasingly common for us to take medication to lower blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar without addressing the underlying causes of those conditions. And to accept being overweight, inactive, under-slept, stressed-out and generally below par as ‘normal’.

Conditions and
risk factors that
can have lifestyle
causes include...
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High blood pressure
High cholesterol
High blood sugar
Overweight & obesity
Metabolic syndrome
Heart disease
Stroke
Type 2 diabetes
Lung diseases
Kidney disease
Some cancers
Asthma
Arthritis
Osteoporosis
Depression & anxiety
Dementia

If current trends continue, 3/4 of Australian adults and 1/3 of all children will be overweight or obese by 2020. Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer are on the increase, and with our ageing population, so is dementia.

Unfortunately, our health system is poorly equipped to support people who want to improve their health, despite repeated government reports calling for greater prevention, early intervention and self-management of healthcare.

On an individual level, there is only one thing to be done. We are each personally responsible for creating a healthier future for ourselves and for our families. Open Health will help you make that happen, for yourself and your loved ones.

“We can’t solve problems by using
the same kind of thinking
we used when we created them.”

Albert Einstein

Disruptive thinking

 

At the heart of Open Health is a personalised, holistic, 12-week online health enhancement program designed to tackle everything from high blood pressure to overweight, to psychosocial stress, sleep and environmental factors.

In startup lingo, its a disruptive health tech startup. Disruptive means something that changes the status quo.

In medical parlance, it’s an evidence-based tailored online comprehensive lifestyle change program with peer support and personalised feedback. It’s also a chronic disease self-management (CDSM) program.

In the education world, it’s a lot like a MOOC, that is, a Massive Online Open Course, aimed at unlimited participation and open access.

In popular terms, it’s a 12 week total health and wellbeing transformation.

You set your own goals and priorities, and take (or leave) as much as you want, all while choosing your own level of anonymity. However you engage, you will be supported by your peers on the journey.

It’s a program you can use personally to take charge of your health, to address lifestyle-related conditions and risk factors and to improve your enjoyment of life, whether your health practitioner refers you to it, your workplace makes it available to you, or you simply want to improve your health and wellbeing.

What’s inside?

 

Empowerment
& self-efficacy
Lifestyle change starts with self-empowerment to take charge of our health and enhancing self-efficacy to achieve our goals.
Physical
activity
The more time spent sitting, the shorter we live. Movement is the key. Try walking, swimming, dancing, gardening, and perhaps even ‘exercise’.
Diet &
nutrition
We often think we have a ‘good diet’, but can easily fall short of the nutritional requirements for physical, mental and emotional health.
Excesses &
addictions
Whether it’s sugar, salt and saturated fats, refined foods, smoking, or too much alcohol too often, it’s easy to get out of balance.
Stress
reduction
Stress is a normal part of life but in our society, it’s well off the scale, resulting in low-level inflammation and reduced immune response.
Environment
& exposures
Ensuring we get enough sunlight is as important as reducing exposure to toxins found in pesticides, food packaging and pollution.
Sleep debt
& quality
Sleep debt is rife in our ‘always on’ society and linked to a range of health problems. Sleep disorders are also common.
Psychological
tools
Psychological tools include goal setting, reinforcement, readiness to change, positive psychology, happiness and self-esteem.
Emotional
resilience
Resilience comes from effective coping mechanisms and techniques to manage emotional strain, frustration, pain, fatigue or isolation.
Connectedness
& community
Humans thrive on social and community engagement, love and intimacy. Altruism (being of service) is also health enhancing.
Meaning
& purpose
Connection with nature, culture and identity, and a sense of meaning and purpose are all important to health and well-being.
Virtual peer
group support
Everyone’s needs and goals are different, but you will feel supported by a private, moderated virtual peer group to achieve lasting change.

“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Thomas A Edison

Get involved

Already five years in conceptual and academic development, with sufficient funding we expect to complete the prototype for beta testing by the community later this year, followed by a clinical trial to scientifically measure the benefits. Early supporters of Open Health will receive early access to the program.

Open Health is an initiative of the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation (donations are tax deductible), supported by university partners, public health professionals, doctors and allied health practitioners, and numerous like-minded organisations.

All we need now is YOU. We need your support to make this happen and to start changing lives.

Not sure how you can help? There are plenty of ways to get involved, like donating, volunteering, beta-testing the Open Health program when its ready, or just helping spread the word.

Register your interest and we’ll keep you in the loop.

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We look forward to hearing from you!