Welcome to HELIUS
Did you know that people of Hindustani-Surinamese origin are at greater risk of developing diabetes? And that high blood pressure is much more common among Afro-Surinamese people and Ghanaians? And that we see asthma much more often in people of Turkish and Moroccan origin? But what is the reason for this?
We know there are health differences among the residents of Amsterdam. But we don’t know what causes these differences. This knowledge is necessary to improve medical care and to be better able to tackle health problems. This is why the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) have joined together to start a large study among Amsterdam residents: the HELIUS health study. HELIUS stands for ‘Healthy Life in an Urban Setting’, and offers a unique opportunity for improving health care in the future for various population groups in Amsterdam. We can only do this with your help. So please keep an eye on your letter box – because you may be one of those we invite to participate in the study. If you receive an invitation from us, we sincerely hope you will take part!