Mens sana in corpore sano
“A healthy mind in a healthy body”
Imagine a world where we all have good health. One where everyone understands how food and lifestyle choices impact their health. One where we have a healthcare system rather than a system for sick care. One where good health is understood and achievable for everyone, the future is bright and full of opportunity.
Events over the past year have resulted in the declaration that we are in a global health crisis. However, in reality, we were experiencing a health crisis long before the emergence of recent viruses. Diabetes UK estimates that the number of people in the UK with diabetes will rise to 5.3 million by 2025. Obesity is the largest risk factor for diabetes and in England has almost doubled in the last 20 years to 13 million.
The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2030 almost 23.6 million people will die from cardiovascular disease. Studies show that you are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 if you suffer from metabolic disorders such as obesity, type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular issues such as hypertension or heart failure. A recent study attributed 64% of US hospitals COVID 19 admissions to these disorders.
Mental health problems are also a worldwide concern. In the UK it has been estimated that every week 1 in 6 adults experience a mental health problem. Lockdown measures have exacerbated mental health issues and eating disorders are reported to have increased fourfold.
Diet and lifestyle are major contributing factors to poor health and with the rise in the internet and social media the misinformation readily available is detrimental to our health; we are not only often provided with poor information but also the temptation to lead a life around comparison and idealistic lifestyles.
We are also bombarded by a huge array of different food products. How long do you stand staring at the supermarket shelves wondering which is the best for you? There are so many different ‘healthy’ claims. Are they relevant to you, does it make the food better, will it taste better and is the cost worthwhile? Of course, there will sometimes be a genetic involvement in the development of disease but this is all too easily used as an ‘excuse’ to hide behind. Genetics may load the gun, but they don’t pull the trigger. How we express our genes can be influenced by what we eat and our lifestyle including our mental outlook.
Do you believe there is an alternative path to the one we are on? One where reliable healthy eating and lifestyle information is available to everyone? We do and that is exactly why we founded Sano. We believe that everyone should have access to reliable nutrition and health information based on scientific facts. Everyone should be empowered to take control of their own health and live the life they want in control of their destiny. Everyone should have the ability to choose the food and lifestyle they enjoy, that is appropriate for their individual metabolic needs, environment, genetics and personal preferences.
We don’t believe anyone should be clutching at straws attempting to find ‘solutions’ to their health concerns and continually trying one approach, then another and another – simply based on someone else’s journey or misinformation – just to feel let down and back where they started. What is right for you isn’t necessarily right for your neighbour, friend, social media followers or anyone else.
If you, like us, believe good health is a basic human right and that everyone should be empowered to take control of their own health, then come along on our journey and join the Sano community. We know we can’t change the world alone but together we can make a difference. Each person that learns for themselves or to educate others as a Nutrition Health Coach, GP or healthcare provider plays an important role. Whether you listen to our Health Bursts, read our newsletters, join our webinars or study with us, you can gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to help yourself, family, clients, patients and communities.