April 7th is Celebrated As World Health Day
"Are we able to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all? Where economies are focused on health and well-being? Where citiesare liveable andpeople have control over their health and the health of the planet?" ~ World Health Organization
What is World Health Day?
World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7th, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations. In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly.
In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.
Here are some things you can do to celebrate World Health Day.
1. Read up on the health inequalities in the world
Differences in socioeconomic status mean differences in access to health services, and healthier lives.
2. Share your favorite healthy meals and recipes for World Health Day
Take care of yourself by eating a balanced, nutrient-dense diet. Inspire others to do the same by sharing your go-to “healthier” apple crumble, chicken fried rice, etc.
If you’re too busy to cook, grab a nutritious meal with a friend or family. Then, snap a picture of your lunch and share it on social media, inspiring others to do the same.
3. Remind everyone of the importance of a proper desk and chair setup
For many, we spend hours in front of our desks and computers each day. Sitting with the proper posture at the right eye level is very important. Readjust your chair or buy a laptop stand, and remind your coworker and friends to do the same.
4. Bring fruits as a snack or share them with others
Replace your regular bag of chips with healthy snacks, such as strawberries or dehydrated banana chips. Brighten up your colleagues’ day by sharing some fresh fruits or natural fruit snacks low in additives with them.
5. Try out meditation
Mental health is just as important as your physical health. In fact, chronic stress could increase your blood pressure, and exacerbate various medical conditions.
In comes meditation. It’s free, keeps your stress levels under control, and you could practice it nearly anywhere for however long you wish. Try it for a few minutes at a time. Relax every part of your body and focus on taking deep breaths, holding each one for a few seconds at a time. It is normal for your thoughts to wander. However, choose to let them go without judgement and redirect your attention to the current moment.
6. Workout together with your friends and/or family
Go hiking or go for a trial kickboxing lesson. You can even play one of those fitness video games with your friends and/or family. The possibilities are endless, and so is the fun.