WHPA Health Improvement Card Project

The Health Improvement Card aims to improve global health through positive changes in behaviour and lifestyle and to reduce the 36 million a year burden from non-communicable diseases.

WHPA Health Improvement Card

The scorecard helps individuals rate their behaviours on a “stoplight-type” fashion. Behaviours in red are labelled as highly risky. Behaviours in yellow indicate caution, and those in green correspond to healthy, sustainable behaviours. The goal is to help patients gradually move their behaviours to the green area.

The scorecard keeps track of biometrics and behaviours that affect a patient’s likelihood to develop a chronic illness over the long-term. Four biometric indicators and four lifestyle indicators provide a comprehensive panorama on the patient’s health status. A constant use of this resource allows individuals and health professionals to develop targeted interventions to improve their health and well-being.

The four biometrics help monitor:

  • Body mass index and cholesterol, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases
  • Fasting blood sugar, to help prevent diabetes
  • Blood pressure, to check for hypertension

The four lifestyle indicators are shown to:

  • Avoid tobacco use and harmful alcohol consumption
  • Improve diet
  • Undertake regular sufficient physical activity
  • Achieve and maintain healthy weight
  • Manage tension and stress
  • Promote preventive care and screening for preventable illnesses

Overall, the Health Improvement Card helps the health community pay due attention to the inextricable link between social determinants of health and the incidence of all NCDs—extending the scope to mental and oral health illnesses. By focusing on a holistic approach to health, WHPA goes beyond the narrow frame of corrective NCD action and promotes a sustainable change in behaviours to achieve health. WHPA hopes this initiative will strengthen the patient-doctor communication channels as well as primary healthcare systems. The scorecard reminds patients that health is in their hands.

The NCD toolkit will be shared with over 26 million health care professionals in more than 130 countries to help encourage patients to identify and prevent risky behaviours.


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Key Information

  • Start Date 2011