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Head of Strategic Programmes and Wellness at Discovery Vitality

 

Words from the person who nominated

I have known Karen for most of her working journey at Discovery and engaged with her in the early years. It has been a pleasure to watch the consistent, scientific growth of the model both here in South Africa and now exported to many parts of the globe. Longevity starts at birth and many of the programs introduced will impact the heath-span of those who have benefitted.

Longevity is a mega trend impacting life for all of us. We asked Karen what this means to her and what she does to impact change in this field of work:

A key determinant of longevity is how we live our lives. Physical inactivity, poor nutrition, smoking, and alcohol abuse leads to 4 chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancers, respiratory diseases, diabetes) which account for 60% of deaths worldwide. These lifestyle behaviours are within our control! Discovery Vitality is a science-based wellness programme that aims to encourage and incentivize these healthy behaviours. As Head of Strategic Programmes and Wellness, Karen has contributed to the creation and implementation of many of Discovery Vitality’s products that promote healthier living among its members and has led to average reduction in mortality of 13% in these Vitality members

Website: https://www.discovery.co.za/vitality/join-today/