At the heart of Open Health is a sophisticated 12-week online health enhancement program designed to tackle everything from high blood pressure to overweight, to psychosocial stress, sleep and environmental factors.
It is developed from an extensive analysis of the most effective models and programs around the world 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 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 widespread participation.
In popular terms, it’s a 12 week total health and wellbeing transformation.
How does one program do all this? Essentially by facilitating the change you want to make.
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. However you engage, you will be supported on your journey.
The program features a facilitated small peer group approach, and interactive web, tablet, mobile, SMS and email technology.
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
- Readiness to change, goal-setting and revision, motivation and reinforcement
- Making physical activity more enjoyable and accessible
- Improving diet, nutrition and using food as medicine
- Sources of stress and stress reduction techniques
- Stopping smoking and reducing alcohol consumption
- Sleep debt, sleep disorders and improving sleep quality
- Environmental factors including exposures to toxins and pollution
- Connectedness to family and friends
- Community engagement and social support
- The role of love, trust and intimacy
- Meaning and purpose, culture and identity
- Expressing emotions and asserting needs
- Coping mechanisms and improving resilience
- Positive psychology, happiness and self-esteem
- Decision-making and problem-solving
- Dealing with pain, fatigue, frustration and isolation
- Occupational and situational influences on health
- Self-monitoring of health conditions and managing medications
- Communication with healthcare professionals
It’s a practical, whole person application of the principles of Lifestyle Medicine.
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