September 2013 spectra 100 - Lifestyle and health

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Lifestyle has an influence on health – but what influences lifestyle?

Determinants of health. A healthy lifestyle could prevent many chronic diseases. But lifestyle – like health in general – varies considerably throughout our society. The boundaries between healthy and unhealthy often parallel those of social distinctions. One of the main tasks of health promotion and disease prevention is to enable health equality. This calls primarily for structural measures – because these also influence lifestyle. more


“spectra” is like a restaurant menu – it has something for everyone.

Six questions for Professor Thomas Zeltner. As Director of Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) from 1991 to 2009, Thomas Zeltner helped shape the Swiss healthcare system and international health policy for many years. Today, he is President of the Science et Cité Foundation, which promotes dialogue between the sciences and the people of Switzerland, and he is a professor at the University of Berne and Harvard University as well as an advisor to numerous organisations and governments. more


At first hand

Editorial Pascal Strupler. Large numbers of Italians have migrated to Switzerland in the last hundred years. Most of them have earned their living the hard way, doing physically challenging work on building sites, in hotels or big factories. Their children have gone to school here and have therefore been able to take up other occupations. They are no longer trained as bricklayers and waiters, but became bank employees, businesspeople and lawyers. Many of them have taken Swiss nationality, studied at our universities and hold political office. They have integrated into society, and it is hard to imagine it without them. more


Employee fitness is also an economic factor

Physical activity in the workplace. On average, employees spend 60% of their day in the workplace, many of them doing sedentary work. As a result, over 50% of the working population do not get enough exercise, their performance declines and they are more likely to fall ill. Employers can counter this trend by introducing physical activity programmes at work. more


From freedom symbol to commonplace addictive substance

Smoking and society. Smoking was still regarded as absolutely normal just a few decades ago. In fact, it was not only accepted, it was positively celebrated, as a "torch of freedom". Nowadays, the wind of freedom is blowing from another direction: for anyone who wants to feel free and enjoy life, smoking is out. more