Oct 4, 2018
V Thilliar, The definition put forward by the World Health organization in 1948 states that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The definition has not been amended since 1948.

During the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986, the World Health Organization said that health is “a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.”

An article in the Lancet, Volume 373 states that health is not a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Neither is it “merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

The article says the WHO definitions of health will not do in an era marked by new understandings of disease at molecular, individual, and societal levels.

Most people accept that health is divisible into two broad aspects-physical health and mental health. Physical health is physical wellbeing. Factors contributing to physical wellbeing include proper nutrition, body weight management, abstaining from drug abuse, avoiding alcohol abuse, sexual health, hygiene and getting adequate sleep.

Fitness reflects a person’s cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition.

According to World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

The factors that will have a big impact on our health than access and use of health care services are where we live, the state of environment, genetics, our income and our education.

Many scholars have contributed useful information in the form of health quotes. Mark Twain says, “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”

According to Lord Buddha health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

Hippocrates says, “A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illness.”

Albert Eisntein says,” The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.”
According to Doug Larson, life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

Since health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, the best six doctors are sunshine, water, rest, fresh air, exercise and diet.

If you have good health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want, says Elbert Hubbard.

An Irish proverb says that a good laugh and long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. Your prayer must be for a sound mind in a sound body, says Juvenal.

To avoid sickness eat less; and to prolong life worry less. Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other. Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.

Some good advice to be healthy are live in rooms full of light, avoid heavy food, be moderate in drinking , take massage, baths, exercise, gymnastics, fight insomnia, take journeys, avoid frightening ideas, indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements and listen to music.

Doctors are always working to preserve our health and cooks are there to destroy it, but the latter are the more often successful, according to Denis Diderot.


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