Health Credits

Healthy choices made easier for those on low incomes

0921-kotd10 Submitted by Stephan von Schilling
Camden Challenge - Thrive
What can we do to support people on low incomes in Camden to thrive?

In Camden, those with higher incomes and from higher socio-economic groups have better health and live longer. I propose that we look to support those on low incomes and help those who have made one healthy choice to make more.

The concept works with people earning health credits by starting and maintaining a healthy behaviour that is measurable. These are added to a debit card and can only be spent on further healthy options. For example joining a gym and attending for three months earns the initial credit, spending this at a local organic greengrocer earns you more.

One healthy behaviour often leads to another and this proposal supports that and will allow people on low incomes to thrive as they take control of their most valuable asset: their health.

  • Ben Matthews
    10 Jun at 12:40

    Love this idea! Nice one Stephan.

    Could it be linked to fitness tracker apps and devices, e.g. fitbit, myfitnesspal, jawbone, etc?

  • Stephan von Schilling
    11 Jun at 14:50

    Hi Ben, I think it would be a great idea to link in with tracker apps and/or devices.