The initiative is a social enterprise to fund, develop, trial and launch a ground-breaking online ‘comprehensive lifestyle change’ program into our health system, and into the social context of our everyday lives. It’s called ‘Open Health’ – an innovative approach to a modern world problem.
It’s ground-breaking because the program combines the psychology of health behaviour 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.
It’s innovative because the initiative is being powered by the community using technology like social media and crowd funding to demonstrate popular support for the Open Health concept. We believe that people want the tools to take charge of and improve their health and will help us make this happen.
to a health & wellbeing
You set your own goals and priorities in a personalised, holistic, 12-week online health improvement program
The program is being developed right now at the University of Western Sydney, funded by donations from individuals and companies, grants and partnerships, but we need your help to be able to deliver the beta version for testing by the community in 2015. In addition to funds, we need champions to offer their skills, to help spread the word, and to volunteer to beta-test the program or to participate in the clinical trial.
Open Health is a major project of the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation, a registered health promotion charity (donations over $2 are tax deductible), with the support of like-minded organisations, academics, researchers, public health professionals, doctors and allied health practitioners.
Importantly, this initiative addresses a major gap in our healthcare system; providing a national, accessible, equitable, scalable and cost-effective lifestyle change program available to healthcare practitioners and their patients, the general public and as a workplace health and well-being program.