The Sanitas health insurance foundation has set itself the goal of promoting the health of people in Switzerland. It does so by supporting selected health promotion and disease prevention initiatives that run on a charitable basis and are accessible to all.
These projects encourage people to take charge of their own health, promote awareness of a healthy lifestyle, and enhance integration in communities and society. The focus is on projects that harness the opportunities of digitalisation and promote the healthy use of digital tools.
EverFresh prevention programme
EverFresh is an innovative programme run by the IdéeSport foundation. It is a prevention project run by young people for young people that combines leisure activities and exercise with addiction prevention. The young people who act as EverFresh coaches tell their peers about the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol. Peer education helps young people absorb the information and to reflect on their behaviour. This is the first step to making healthy decisions in the future.
Mindful Drinking Switzerland
More and more people are aware of the importance of drinking responsibly. This dynamic is an opportunity for alcohol prevention. That’s why staatslabor, a non-profit association for social innovation, wants to establish the Mindful Drinking Switzerland (MINDS) movement in Switzerland and promote the mindful use of alcohol. The MINDS platform encourages participation in community activities and aims to inspire with a positive, solution-oriented approach. The movement will be launched at the start of 2021 with the “Dry January” campaign and will be continued in the long term by the Blaues Kreuz Schweiz.
Sexuality plays a role in health and well-being. The online platform lilli provides young people with easily accessible advice on sexuality and the body and related psychological problems. Questions can be asked anonymously. Specialists in the fields of psychology, medicine and sexology provide straightforward answers online. lilli provides valuable education for a broad understanding of sexual health, dispels myths and taboos, provides help for victims of sexual violence and contributes to the empowerment of users by helping them to help themselves. The Sanitas foundation is helping the platform to expand the content of its counselling.
Support and advice for young people
The Sanitas health insurance foundation supports the French-language online portal ciao.ch, which offers young people aged 11 to 20 advice on life in general and promotes peer-to-peer exchange. Ciao offers advice and information in a way that appeals to young people, with experts answering frequently asked questions on the topics of sexuality, relationships, health and violence as well as self-esteem and addictive substances. The Ciao association, based in Lausanne, offers online advice and is networked with around 20 organisations in western Switzerland. The Sanitas foundation supports the further development of the online tools.