“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison
Our vision is a proactive healthcare system
Move. Eat. Treat. hopes to promote the importance of preventative medicine with the aim of eventually developing a healthcare system, which doesn’t wait until patients become ill before it acts, but works to keep the population healthy – a true health service that is proactive rather than reactive.
We believe that the best way to achieve this is to educate healthcare professionals on how to deliver effective lifestyle advice. We hope that this will lead to a sea-change in culture within the healthcare system to one that assertively seeks prevention instead of cure. Then this will be followed by policy and organisational changes to prioritise prevention via promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Lifestyle should be a core theme of healthcare education, alongside other key pillars such as anatomy, physiology, and pathology. This campaign wants to pave the way for updated curriculums and provide education to both undergraduates and current healthcare professionals.
In order to achieve this vision, Move. Eat. Treat has a number of goals…
Goal 1: Raise public awareness about the lack of lifestyle advice in healthcare and medical education
The most successful campaigns have public backing, as with your support we have a voice. Our aim is 100 000 signatures on the petition. This support will cumulate in an event where we take the petition to 10 Downing Street and send it to the people who can make a difference. We also plan to write a letter to a leading broadsheet newspaper detailing the campaign with significant signatories and publicise this to media outlets.
Goal 2: Form a panel of experts to create an innovative lifestyle change strategy
We need to draw from multiple areas of expertise to create an innovative strategy for change. The campaign already has a fantastic board of advisors, but we need more. We plan to host an event and invite world-leading experts in their respective fields to meet and begin a discussion on how to formulate a strategy. We plan to create a stepwise long-term plan which can be implemented by any healthcare professional to effect significant change in the lifestyle of their patients.
Goal 3: Reform healthcare education to include lifestyle as a core theme
Lifestyle plays a large part in health, but currently it is massively under-represented. All healthcare professionals should regard lifestyle advice as a key part of their practice. We plan to lobby educational bodies and institutions to increase the amount of lifestyle education on the curriculum, and eventually have lifestyle recognised as a core theme both at undergraduate level and beyond.
Goal 4: Enable current practitioners to implement the lifestyle strategy plan formulated by the expert panel
Move. Eat. Treat. is a not for profit organisation and a social enterprise will be created to deliver educational courses to healthcare professionals on how to effectively utilise lifestyle advice. Money will be reinvested in courses, education, and also be used to commission research into this field. The ultimate goal is to help educate undergraduates and healthcare professionals who are currently practicing on effective lifestyle advice.
Goal 5: Collaborate with other projects and support a proactive healthcare system
There are numerous projects and organisations, which are working towards keeping people healthy and educating them and supporting a healthy lifestyle. We want to use Move. Eat. Treat. as a vehicle to support and promote other projects with similar goals of helping people be and stay healthy. This we hope will enable us to achieve our vision of a proactive healthcare system.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
The Move. Eat. Treat. vision is a lofty one, but with your help we believe we can make a positive change to healthcare philosophy and help keep people healthy.
Move. Eat. Treat isn’t the same old drone from your doctor about losing weight. It’s about creating innovative solutions, tools and guidance to really equip people to be, and more importantly, stay healthy.
However we cannot do this without your help. Please help us by signing the petition, and spreading the word.
Saturday, 17 March 2012
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