Please support the popular movement for health and wellness!
You may know that ‘lifestyle’ diseases – particularly heart attack and stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes – have reached epidemic proportions in most countries around the world. We are all at risk!
Statistics: 63% of all annual deaths worldwide, causing an estimated 36 million deaths every year out of the global total of 57 million, but 80% or more in industrialised countries, 88% in the UK – WHO 2010.
But did you also know that lifestyle diseases are substantially preventable? Up to 80% of heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes, and over a third of cancers could be prevented by eliminating shared risk factors, particularly tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol. This means encouraging ‘self-care’ – personal health and wellness management and lifestyle disease prevention.
However, a big challenge in lifestyle disease prevention is that responsibility ultimately rests with each of us as individuals, and there are many practical difficulties. Self-care needs to be a central part of people’s lives, and integrated into families, communities, organisations and society. But being substantially outside current Health and Social Systems, self-care has in the past lacked a champion.
The International Self-Care Foundation (ISF) has therefore been formed to champion self-care around the world. In practical terms this means helping to develop evidence-based self-care concepts and practices, and helping to promote the role of self-care in health.
ISF’s Mission is to work with all stakeholders in health, to support countries, communities and individuals in the adoption of evidence-based self-care practices.
If you are an academic expert in any aspect of self-care please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an industrialist or philanthropist and would like to support our work please get in touch with us via email@example.com
In future ISF aims to provide simple, practical guidance to help people to self-care. If you can help us with this please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org . Together we can all make a difference. Please support this global movement for health and wellness!
David E. Webber Ph.D
Zenyu Guo Ph.D