Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Letter from a Member

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Letter from a Member

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Dear Editor,

As a member of the RSPH since the early 1970s, I have seen a lot of changes in the view of health which society holds.

Today there is a plethora of understanding, and lots of data, but part of the conversation is not necessarily based upon fact. For instance there is a push today for more health! We must all be fit, run or cycle to work, eat our '5 a day' and exercise regularly.

Imagine my surprise, after over 25 years in the public health arena, when I saw for the first time the slogan (for that can only be what it was meant to be) of 'wellness'!

Suddenly the slogan was everywhere. A bald statement, but what defines this? What actually IS wellness? For if you are engaged in the Olympics this Summer, your wellness is superior to mine, as my physical activity is limited to my walk to the car or bus stop.

Unfortunately as the prevalence of 'opinions' has grown, with government desperately seeking to ensure everyone is 'healthy', there has in my opinion been an error. As politicians infrequently measure anything, there is a tendency to assume a point of view.

Wellness is an example. …

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