People all over the world consider their health to be a very important issue to them, both personally and in terms of their families. According to the World Health Organization, “health” is “the state of full physical, mental and social health and not just the absence of illness and disease.” A wide variety of definitions have also been used over the years for different purposes. For some people, it includes being in perfect health while for other people it may mean much more.
The definition of “good health,” on the other hand, has also been in constant change over time with society’s attitudes towards wellness. Good health can be defined as being physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically in good condition. Societal threats, changes in climate, infectious diseases, and food safety concerns have all had varying impacts on what is considered to be in good health. As defined by the World Health Organization and the Joint Commission on Environmental Health and Social Responsibility, good health can be maintained through a combination of healthy behaviors, appropriate food and drug use, social support from friends and family, and the maintenance of a positive mental health. The environment can also have a strong impact on the mental health of an individual.
The challenge of today’s world to promote healthy lifestyles is not easy. It takes education, information, and a variety of strategies to ensure that people remain fit and healthy. Public health, environmental factors, and population health are some of the most pressing issues that are addressed on a daily basis. Effective health promotion involves a multidimensional approach which takes into consideration a person’s lifestyle, community, culture, national and regional priorities, as well as individual behaviors. With the help of effective public health programs and practices, the world can be a much better place to live in and the hopes of a better tomorrow can become a reality for all.