At the heart of Open Health is a sophisticated online health enhancement program designed to tackle everything from high blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, to overweight, stress, sleep and environmental factors.
It is derived from an extensive analysis of the most effective lifestyle change programs around the world and reflects the latest science in health, education, psychology and online engagement.
In startup lingo, it’s disruptive health tech. Disruptive means something that changes the status quo.
In medical terminology, 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 widespread participation.
In popular terms, it provides the opportunity for a total health and wellbeing transformation.
How does one program do all this? Essentially by facilitating the change you want to make, in the company of your small facilitated online peer group.
No two people are the same so no two experiences of the program will be the same. The program is flexible and personal, adjusting to your preferences.
You set your own goals and priorities, and take (or leave) as much as you want, all while remaining private and anonymous. The platform features interactive web, tablet, mobile, SMS and email technology. However you engage, you will be supported on your journey.
It’s designed to be empowering, engaging and enjoyable, to help you make and maintain lifestyle change.
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.
Features and areas of the program include:
- A facilitated and moderated virtual small group environment for peer support
- Enhancing self-empowerment and self-efficacy to take charge of your health
- Understanding readiness to change, goal-setting, motivation and reinforcement
- Promoting movement and making physical activity more enjoyable and accessible
- Improving diet and nutrition through better understanding and enjoyment of food
- Understand sources of stress and stress reduction techniques
- Stopping smoking and reducing alcohol consumption
- Addressing sleep debt, sleep disorders and improving sleep quality
- Environmental factors including exposures to toxins and pollution
- Improving connectedness to family and friends and social support
- Understanding the role of community engagement in health
- The role of love, trust and intimacy in mental health and well being
- Exploring the role of meaning and purpose, culture and identity
- The importance of expressing emotions and asserting needs
- Developing better coping mechanisms and improving resilience
- Understanding the role of positive psychology in happiness and self-esteem
- Decision-making and problem-solving when it comes to improving health
- Dealing with pain, fatigue, frustration and isolation
- Understanding occupational and situational influences on health
- Self-monitoring of health conditions and managing medications
- Improving communication with healthcare professionals
In short, it’s a practical, whole person application of the principles of Lifestyle Medicine.
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