Greetings on World Health Day!!
World Health Day is a global health awareness day which is observed on April 7. This day is one of eight official global health campaigns marked by World Health Organization(WHO), along with World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World AIDS Day, World Blood Donor Day, and World Hepatitis Day. This year marks the 70th anniversary of World Health Day and the theme for this year is “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere” and the slogan is “Health for All”. This time WHO is calling on world leaders to live up to the pledges they made when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, and commit to concrete steps to advance the health of all people. This means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.
Are we healthy in all senses of the word – physical health, mental health, financial health, emotional health, are we a healthy nation? Think about it!
It is now well understood around the world that good nutrition plays a major role in the health of individuals, at all stages of development and life.
In recent years, detailed clinical research into the effects of nutrition on growth has brought a wealth of new data that is giving fresh understanding to this key area of development particularly in the first 1,000 days of life: appropriate nutrition at this time can program and prepare the body for long-term health status.
Poor nutrition can contribute to obesity or stunting and can also have an adverse effect on brain development and cognition.
So, how do we get out of the Chemical trap and stay healthy?
- Make sure that all the vegetables and grains you cook are grown organically. Check if your supplier is trustworthy. Check certificates. Make the effort of visiting the farms. And best, still, is grow your own food on your terrace or garden. Give preference to planting edibles over ornamental plants.
- I have already written about how one can recognize organic.
- Form groups in Offices, societies and support enterprises like ours, who supply honest, healthy, unadulterated foods.
- Avoid processed foods. Especially avoid GMO – genetically modified foods.
- Avoid stress. Avoid being too competitive. Love your body, be grateful for it. Love yourself for the person you truly are. The universe made every little flower etc. so beautiful – you are part of that universe, how can you not be beautiful?
- Take time off and be with nature as much as you can.
- Help someone who needs help, to cross the street.
- Hug more. Hug trees, hug friends, hug family. Hug strangers.
- Smile, smile, smile.
- And smile!