Strong economic case for health promotion
A new policy summary, issued by the WHO (World Health Organisation) on 4 November, reveals substantial evidence to support the economic case for health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases. The document summarises data from a major international study by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, OECD and WHO/Europe. The findings demonstrate the effectiveness of a wide range of actions, addressing some of the main risk factors to health including:
- tobacco and alcohol consumption
- impacts of diet and patterns of physical activity
- children’s exposure to environmental harm
- the protection of mental health
- road safety.