Healthy living: ‘Focussing on participation, not on the disease’

The continuing rise of lifestyle-related diseases and chronic disorders means that we need to take a fresh look at health and healthcare, and to remember that prevention is better than cure. TNO aims to deliver social and technological innovations that can help people make the kind of choices that lead to better health and social participation.

“We want to help people make the right choices for themselves with regard to their health, availability for work, and productivity. This is no easy matter, given what we face every day – like the ‘impulse-buy’ sweets displayed at the supermarket checkout,” says Peter van Dijken, managing director of the Healthy Living unit. TNO, together with government authorities, knowledge institutes and companies, is developing technological and social innovations that promote good health and work availability, and which therefore lead to a healthy, vigorous, and productive population – as well as lowering national healthcare costs and increasing economic growth.

THREE DOMAINS: YOUTH, WORK, AND LIFESTYLE

Working across three domains – Youth, Work and Lifestyle – the Healthy Living unit excels in identifying the illnesses related to each. Within these three domains we are developing knowledge and expertise in the fields of health, health technology, and personalized health interventions. For instance, we recently built an online youth health platform that provides youth healthcare guidelines and allows parents to find the professionals and advice they need to make the right choices. We also aim to measure and monitor individual workplace exposure to toxic substances, and to give personalized health advice to people with obesity or diabetes.

LIFESTYLE AS MEDICINE

We are helping civilians and professionals make the best choices by collecting data on individual levels of health and risk and turning this data into valuable information that enables us to give proactive advice. This information can contribute to structural behaviour changes and healthier lifestyles. We are convinced that lifestyle changes are the medicines of the future.

To realize these and other ambitions we collaborate with the most innovative and ambitious companies and knowledge institutes. Do you want to know more about Healthy Living, or would you like to work with us? Get in touch!

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