World Health Day is observed on April 7 of each year. It commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization and draws worldwide attention to important aspects of health. Each year, the observance centers around a different topic. This year’s theme is “Depression: Let’s Talk.”

World Health Day

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World Health Day encourages people to have a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent harmful diseases. Strong health can enable a fuller and longer life. World Health Day provides a great excuse for examining your lifestyle.

As you take stock of your health habits, commit to the following:

  • Maintain a healthy weight – Find out if you are overweight by checking your body mass index. Being overweight can lead to a slew of chronic and high-risk diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
  • Have positive and healthy relationships – You should surround yourself with uplifting, supportive people. Distance yourself from unhealthy relationships that add undue stress to your life.
  • Stay active – Set a goal to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes each day. No matter how busy you are, you should find time to get your body moving.
  • Get an annual physical – Even if you feel fine, you should get a yearly physical. Your doctor can help detect early signs of illness.
  • Eat right – It’s imperative to eat healthy foods from the major food groups. Avoid foods that are high in fats, added sugar, and sodium. Focus on eating whole grains, lean protein, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. To safeguard our environment, it’s also a great idea to focus on ingredients that are sourced through sustainable agriculture.

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to skimp on health practices, but your body is one of your best investments. Keep it strong with healthy habits.