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"Spectra" has been reporting on the projects, programmes and strategies of the Federal Office of Public Health and its partners in the fields of health promotion and disease prevention since 1995. The online magazine of "spectra" sheds light on background developments (going beyond the contents of the printed version) and reports on current affairs.

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Developing a shared understanding of health

It takes more than just health policy to improve the health of the population. This is because many of the factors that influence health lie outside the healthcare system. A comprehensive approach driven by partnership between the FOPH and other federal offices and agencies is essential. Most importantly, all stakeholders need to develop a shared understanding of what health means. more


At first hand

Health starts in people’s everyday lives. The figures for life expectancy in Swiss towns and villages paint a clear picture. Residents of prosperous, primarily urban areas and conglomerations such as Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneva, and along the country’s lakes, have a good chance of living a long life. In the communities where people are living longest, life expectancy is nearly 83. By contrast, the inhabitants of poorer, generally more rural communities and mountain villages can only expect to reach 78. As these figures show, not everyone in Switzerland has the same chance of living a life that is as long and healthy as possible. more


“We are already holding the instrument in our hands”

In an age when healthcare costs are rising and the number of people with chronic diseases is growing, Switzerland is trying to reverse the trend by adopting a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach. Ilona Kickbusch is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field. As part of this interview, she tells us what Switzerland could do better. more

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