Shaping the conditionality of health in everyday practice. That is what we as Foundation try to achieve with as many different people as possible.
For me personally, the integral approach of the value of health is about a very conscious way of life along the axes of the life style circle (see the image below) and about sustainability (people, planet, impact). Living very consciously, in the sense that you are looking for your purpose in the labyrinth of life. Living mindful, hopeful and ‘heartful’ – following your heart and with (self) compassion), listening to your gut feeling, your intuition. And taking the lead in all areas of your life and your health.
Health as condition
By facilitating as many people as possible to develop the awareness of the value of health in all aspect of their lives, the AHF at the same time contributes to the ideal of ‘homo universalis’, equal chances for everybody and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. I think it is very important that our foundation pays extra attention to people with a lower socio- economic status (SES). Research repeatedly shows that their life expectancy, self-perceived health status and life style risk factors for illnesses remain behind those of people with a higher SES. This requires that we as society must look at other ways to structure our health care system in order to achieve a paradigm shift from aftercare / curative acting to an integral health philosophy.
Next to being chairman of the Foundation I am founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Active Health Group (AHG), an occupational health company. I started the AHG from an economic background. Life events and the reflection of my four growing children have triggered me to commit to the embedding of the value of health in the AHG as well as in the occupational health care. After which a strong urge followed to contribute to this idea in a social context. This resulted in my board position and chairmanship of the Active Health Foundation. A social institution aimed at ‘healthy people in a healthy world’ in which the awareness development around the value of health, the realisation of sustainability goals and socio –economic conduct come together in a social context.
Practise what you preach
Acting according to the notion ‘practise what you preach’ and the adage ‘intuition is a gift, your mind the servant’ every day I try to find an ideal balance in all aspects of my life, having the life style circle in mind. A balance between giving attention at home and at my (satisfactory) work, my passion for tennis, running, cycling and walking, enjoying biological vegetarian food, cultural activities and reading.