What describes healthy health? Healthy surroundings, fresh air, reduced pollution, a fresh diet, happy minds, and positive vibes are one of the key factors that play a major role in healthy living and good body health.
This year’s theme for World Health Day reflects a growing global concern with the health impacts of massive and rapid human-driven ecological changes. The earth’s natural systems are the most fundamental elements of our health and the “war with nature” can be detrimental if strict actions are not taken to conserve it.
History of World Health Day
World Health Day is a global campaign that takes place every year on 7 April. This date commemorates the anniversary of the setting up of the World Health Organisation in 1948. It is the day on which the first international WHO event was held in 1950 and has been observed on the same date annually thereafter.
Significance of World Health Day
World Health Day is celebrated to enlighten people worldwide on a specific health topic of concern. It is one of the eight official international health campaigns of WHO. Every year, varied themes are picked up by WHO which focus on the contemporary health issues that require prompt attention of the public.
Healthier Planet Contribute To Healthier Living
Good Health is the Key to Happiness
Good health defines physical, mental, and social well-being. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), health is fundamental for wellness and happiness. It also has a hand in economic advancement, since healthy people live longer and are more energetic. Still, many dreadful diseases affect the lives of millions of individuals worldwide and many people even today do not have access to proper healthcare.
Keeping this in mind, every year World Health Day is observed to promote awareness for the general health and prosperity of people across the globe. The concerns like increased carbon emission, food adulation, acid rain, melting glaciers, water pollution, sound pollution, urbanization, increasing heaps of garbage, and e-waste are causing a great threat to our health and the entire planet. A healthy planet that is rich in resources is only the major contributor to good health providing humans with multiple resources like air, water, sunlight, and materials to full fil their needs.
The call for “Our Planet, Our Health, and Action to Protect” is the need of the hour to make strict actions to make the earth a healthy place to live.
The theme of this year World Health Day is inspired by the impact of environmental factors like pollution on global health outcomes i.e. increased risk of having diseases like asthma, cancer, heart disease, and mental health concerns.
WHO has estimated more than 13 million fatalities worldwide are caused by unavoidable environmental factors every year. This includes the climate crisis, which is the biggest health threat faced by humanity. So, the aim is to draw global attention to urgent actions required to keep our planet and humans living on it healthy and foster a movement to create societies emphasizing well-being.
What actions we can take to make our planet a healthy place to live?
We can follow a range of actions that can help reduce carbon emissions and help reduce the factors that contribute to polluting the environment:
- A commitment to sustainable low-carbon development grounded in mutuality and reverence between humans and nature.
- Design an equitable economy that serves human development within planetary and local ecological boundaries.
- Implementation of policies to reduce food wastage.
- Repurpose agriculture subsidies towards sustainable and healthy food production.
- Limit the use of personal land motor vehicles. At least one day a week, people can walk or cycle or use public transport to reach their office or school.
- Reduce plastic usage and wherever possible use recyclable bags and packaging.
- Population control is also one of the major need of the hour.
- Promote reduce, reuse and recycle.
Do you want to recreate a happy planet where clean air, water, and food are available to all?
Yes, it is possible with our small actions that will not only help to reduce the impact of global warming and pollution but will also make our Mother Earth a Happy and Healthy Place to Live In!