Discovery’s core purpose is to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Committed to this goal, we launched the Vitality Schools Programme in 2008, and have since been working to improve the health of all children across South Africa.
Improving health through lifestyle changes
Medical research has shown that inactivity, obesity, unhealthy eating and smoking can lead to lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung disease and cancer. These diseases already account for over half of adult deaths worldwide.
Our aim is to address these health-risk behaviours and provide incentives for individuals to lead healthier, more active lifestyles. It has been encouraging to see, through collaboration with international researchers, that we’re achieving what we set out to do. Members participating in the programme get sick less often; have fewer hospital admissions; and if they do land up in hospital, they have a shorter recovery time. .