Recognized influence of physical and social factors on health

In order to establish health as a shared priority, community members need to view it as a collective concern. To improve health for all, we must recognize how our health can be influenced by the conditions of our community and the behaviors of those around us.

In 2015, RWJF National Survey of Health Attitudes found that only 34% of adults believe that one’s surroundings (both other people’s behaviors and factors like physical environment, social support, and community safety) impact health and well-being. An increase in this percentage would signal a greater understanding of health as an interconnected experience, linked to the people around us and the places where we live, learn, work, and play.
 

Source:  RWJF National Survey of National Health Attitudes, 2015

 

Internet Searches for Health Promoting Information 

When health is a shared value, people search for ways to promote and improve health and well-being. This measure demonstrates the extent to which people are doing so online.

Based on a set of commonly used keywords about promoting health, Google searches in 2016 were overwhelmingly fitness-related (55%), compared to the general topic of wellness (31%). There was less attention paid to topics such as public health (4%), healthy eating (1%), and health equity (1%). An increase in the volume of Google searches on a range of health and well-being topics would indicate that people are actively seeking information on health and the factors that drive it. This would reflect the first stage of changing mindsets and an increase in general interest in health and well-being. 

 

Source: Google, 2016

 

 

  • Public discussion on health promotion and well-being