WHO data also shows that the major risk factors for chronic disease are an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use.
The WHO also claims that if the major risk factors for chronic disease were eliminated, at least 80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes would be prevented; and 40% of cancer would be prevented.
However, without action, 17 million people will die prematurely this year from a chronic disease. 17 million people dying from diseases caused by their own lifestyles.
Implement a province-wide electronic patient/doctor information system
Citizens should strive to live a healthy lifestyle
Groundbreaking ideas… More doctors, more money, more tests, more money, more technology, more money, and live a healthy lifestyle.
Not very original – spend taxpayer dollars and tell them what they already know to be true – smoking is bad for your health, being obese is bad for your health, stress is bad for your health, etc.
Is there a Solution?
Instead of spending more taxpayer dollars on doctors, MRIs and health promotion commercials (Like this ,this, this) , how about we offer taxpayers who live a ‘healthy’ lifestyle a reduction in income taxes?
Behavior modification through reward rather than punishment.
Now if only we could create a global lobby group to push this agenda to our respective governments.
Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits. Read more posts by Doug at Hive Health Media.