Taking place this week is Health Information Week – a national event designed to promote high quality information for patients and the public surrounding the health sector. Studies show that having access to high quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy, as well as manage any illness effectively. This can result in a better quality of life. Read on to find out more about Health Information week and how you can get involved…
Health Information Week helps people gain access to quality health information. With the likes of Google and other search engines, it can be all too easy to self-diagnose and rely on various sources on the internet which aren’t always as reliable as we might hope. This can result in unnecessary worrying, wrong diagnosis and in some cases can even negatively impact health.
the health information week themes…
Each year across the week each day focuses on a particular theme. The Health Information Week 2019 themes are as follows:
■ Monday 1st July: Healthy lifestyles
■ Tuesday 2nd July: Mental health; and patient stories
■ Wednesday 3rd July: Health and digital literacy
■ Thursday 4th July: Long term conditions; and social prescribing
■ Friday 5th July: Innovations for preventing illness
■ Saturday 6th July: Patient stories
■ Sunday 7th July: Mindfulness and relaxation
To get involved you can use the hashtag #HIW2019 to discuss the various topics and see what others are saying. You might be interested in all of the themes, or just a couple – either way, the schedule will allow you to follow the topics you are interested in. Each day the International Health Week team will tweet information resources for each theme, so that you can discover sources that you can rely on to access information surrounding that theme. Check the hashtag each day to discover the sources.
Health Information Week for Employers…
The health and wellbeing of your team is at the heart of your business, and how happy and healthy your staff are will greatly impact how productive they are day-to-day. Health Information Week provides a fantastic opportunity to open up discussions and encourage your team to focus on their health and wellbeing.
This week, why not send an email out to your team with details about the focus of each day throughout health information week so that your staff can have access to reliable sources.
Draw inspiration from this event – you could consider setting a monthly focus within the office, offering workshops, classes and additional support surrounding that focus. For example, the first month could be ‘mindfulness and wellbeing’ and include a stress management workshop and in office yoga. You could also consider bringing in a health and wellbeing advisor a few times a month, to give staff an opportunity to talk through any worries or problems that they might be struggling with.