Our Chief Knowledge Officer, Sir Muir Gray, explains why knowledge is the foundation of physical activity for health
“Toyota is a knowledge business” the President of Toyota stated, not just knowledge about plastic and steel but also knowledge about customers, and competitors and on a broader perspective knowledge about the future and environmental challenges. If Toyota is a knowledge business then so too is healthcare. Obviously hospitals, health centres, scanners and drugs are of great importance but it is knowledge about the overall cause of health problems that is key to ensure they are used to best effect. Our lifestyle changes that have created a more sedentary society over the past 50 years or so have also contributed to a huge rise in chronic disease, and lack of physical activity is now the 4th leading cause of mortality according to the WHO.
There are four types of knowledge in healthcare:
The knowledge that we manage and make available will cover the five aspects of fitness that benefit from exercise
It will also be related to the key health problems and to different subgroups of the population including both teenagers and to people who are affected by the combination of daily inactivity and the ageing process which includes everyone from about twenty on so the knowledge service will relate the knowledge about activity and fitness to what we know from scientific research about the three other processes that have an impact on people