World Health Day: Take Care Of Your Health

The 7th of April marks the 71st year of World Health Day and this year, attention is drawn to the immediate need for available and affordable universal health care (UHC). 

According to WHO, at least half of our world’s population doesn’t have access to essential health care such as vaccines, medicines, or doctor’s visits. And nearly 100 million are forced into poverty each year because of the cost of their health care.

The WHO states that the realisation of UHC would:

  • Reduce poverty
  • Create jobs
  • Promote economic growth
  • Improve gender equality
  • And protect countries from epidemics

The hope is that by 2030, UHC will become a reality.  But this can only be the case if governments and world leaders invest in making it happen.

What can we do to help?

  • Learn more about UHC and WHO here. Keep an eye out for the World Health Statistics report to learn more about the state of our global health.

  • Learn about Australia’s state of health, here.

  • Raise concerns to local representatives about healthy foods in schools, public education on healthy lifestyles, and other potential solutions to our own national health issues.

  • Take care of your health and the health of your family! The healthier we all are, the less of a burden we give to our healthcare system.

How can we take responsibility of our own health?

The WHO takes a stand on healthy dietsphysical activity and mental health. These recommendations include:

  • A diet which includes fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains—with at least five portions of fruit and veg a day.

  • Ideally, less than 5% of energy intake from added sugars.

  • Less than 30% of energy intake from fats—with less than 1% from trans fats.

  • And less than 5g of salt (about one teaspoon) per day.

  • Adults 18-64 should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.

The WHO also considers mental health to be another key pillar of good health. As always, our WellHub is available to offer you advice on not only Mindset, but Fuel and Fitness as well.

A great place to start to take responsibility for your own health is by taking our survey to understand more about your own health across the 5 key elements.

Let’s take this World Health Day to become mindful of the current global health care situation, grateful for our access to care, and initiative to stay healthy and well!