World Health Day is celebrated annually, April 7th, under sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
World Health Day 2016 will focus on ways to prevent and stop the rise of diabetes worldwide. An estimated 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number likely to more than double in the next 20 years (WHO, 2016). The increasing number of diabetes worldwide has been partly attributed to rising levels of overweight and obesity occurring amongst children, alongside low levels of physical activity.
The poster campaign for this year’s World Health Day centralises around superhero characters, together trying to win the worldwide fight against diabetes. Our own hero, Dr.Beat has come to help us with the human element within your health and safety. This is as, here at Acting Up, we believe employee mental health is just as important as physical health and safety. The upcoming world health day introduces a month of mental and physical health awareness at Acting Up HQ on our social media.
Acting Up’s work specialises in behavioural health and safety training. It is often claimed that 70-80% of health and safety incidents are attributed to ‘human error’ (HSE, n.d.). Collectively, we must look towards the mind set of the employees involved and try and develop a workforce that will behave autonomously towards taking responsibility for their own health and safety. After all, widespread safe workplace practises and behaviour starts with the individual mindset.
Emmanuelle Sangster, Editor
Acting Up Ltd.
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