Today is World Health Day and in the year 2021, we take some serious time to reflect on health and what it means. Physical, mental and spiritual health are all of equal value and importance to living a happy and fulfilled life. What that looks like will be different for each person on earth.
However, human beings across the globe do have several things in common that we can do to contribute to our health. If eating fresh and nutritious food, getting outdoors and being active are within your means, you owe it to yourself and to your loved ones to do these basic things to take care of yourself. We all know the importance of good hygiene by now, and so we take it upon ourselves once more to remind you to keep up the good work. Wash your hands often and sanitise for all you’re worth. Keep those masks on out in public and keep your distance from others.
The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates this day by sharing a bit of history on how World Health Day came about. “From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization,” the body says on its website.
“Over the past 50 years this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. The celebration is marked by activities that extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.”
“This World Health Day, we’re calling for action to eliminate health inequities, as part of a year-long global campaign to bring people together to build a fairer, healthier world. The campaign highlights WHO’s constitutional principle that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition,” the WHO concludes.