Individualized health programs

Wouldn’t it be nice if we offered employees individualized health programs? A personal approach to healthy living? Establish healthy limits?

Idealistic future music? Not quite. They already have personalized medicine in Estonia. A DNA analysis is made after which residents receive customized health advice.

If you need it, you will also receive a prediction in Estonia about your predisposition to hereditary disorders. In this way Estonia helps residents to live healthy for as long as possible. A study conducted by CPP researcher Nancy Schaubhut shows that if a sports or exercise program matches your personality type, this can increase both effectiveness and enjoyment.

RIVM, in turn, investigated, among other things, the best incentives that encourage you to exercise more. And guess what? In particular, encouragement and support from the immediate environment (loved ones and counselors), a good trainer and a tailor-made offer known to the target group score high. For example, many more studies point to the usefulness of first finding out what encourages an individual to exercise more. What do you like? What moves you and what stimulates you?

According to John Hackston, in addition to being a co-author of the CPP study, also a psychologist and Head of Thought Leadership at CPP, organizations can use these questions to get clarity from employees before they embark on a sports program to improve fitness. The underlying objective is to reduce absenteeism and to increase employee satisfaction.

In these graphs you see examples of how different the answers are when inquiring about individual preferences. The first questions concern the preference for extraversion or introversion. Do you enjoy spending time in the outside world of people and things (extraversion) or in your inner world of ideas and reflection (introversion)?

The concepts of extraversion and introversion as the famous psychiatrist / psychologist Jung meant them, explain the different attitudes that people use to focus their energy. These concepts therefore have a different meaning in psychology than in everyday language, where they mainly stand for “exuberant” or “modest”. But do not confuse introversion with shyness or restraint. They are not related at all. In fact, in the psychological sense, every person has some extraverts and introverts united. MBTI is a useful tool to provide this insight. It helps you discover your personality type and can be used well before or during coaching processes. MBTI brings the differences between people into focus and offers recognition and understanding. And the good thing: there is no right or wrong. It’s all about personal preferences. It is precisely by using those personal preferences that you are much more effective in achieving your ultimate goal: a healthier life!