Journal of Diabetes and Cholesterol Metabolism (DCM)

The Aruba Project: One Happy Island to One Heavy Island to One Healthy Island – The Journey of Transformation



Richard Visser1*


1 CEO and Former Minister of Health and Sports, VERA Health, Aruba, Netherlands.


*Corresponding Author: Richard Visser, CEO and Former Minister of Health and Sports, VERA Health, Aruba, Netherlands, TEL: +31611640288 ; FAX: +(297)5926609;E-mail:drvisser@mac.com


Citation: Richard Visser (2018) The Aruba Project: One Happy Island to One Heavy Island to One Healthy Island – The Journey of Transformation. Diabetes Cholest metabol 2:113.


Copyright: © 2018 Richard Visser, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited


Received date: September 05, 2018; Accepted date: September 18, 2018; Published date: September 21, 2018.


In 2014 Dr. Richard Visser’s proposal was nominated for the Award of Excellence in Public Health.


This book details the lessons learned enabling Aruba to become a happier, healthier island including actionable steps to take which include developing a road map to change.


• The roadmap includes:


• Steps for conducting a population baseline study.


• Creation of an awareness campaign.


• Obtaining approval of the action plan by the stakeholders and Government


• How to make changes in infrastructure


• A guide to creating an institute to promote a healthy lifestyle


• An introduction to the Exercise is Medicine initiative


• How to measure and monitor ongoing progress


Bio

During his distinguished career, Richard W. M. Visser D.C. MPH, Ph.D. has focused on the pandemic of childhood obesity. He studied the problem and implemented solutions from many perspectives: as a clinical researcher, academic and educator, activist and politician, entrepreneur, concerned citizen and parent. His work has made vital contributions to a greater understanding of the biological, sociological, and psychological factors surrounding childhood obesity. Early in 2008, he was appointed by the Government of Aruba to head the Obesity Task Force, and a year later, he began his four- year term as Aruba’s Minister of Health, and Sport. Today Dr. Visser continues his innovative approach to healthcare by converging technological development with global connectivity.