“We cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic health issues” said Gro Brundtland. World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of The World Health Organization (WHO), which is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health. Each year, the Organization selects a key health issue, and encourages people from all ages and all backgrounds to hold events that highlight a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme for this year is High blood pressure.
High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. One in three adults has high blood pressure in South-East Asia Region. Nearly 1.5 million people die due to high blood pressure every year making it a leading risk factor for mortality in the Region. High blood pressure is preventable, and can be countered by reducing salt intake, eating a balanced diet with regular physical activity, avoiding the harmful use of alcohol and tobacco AND maintaining a healthy body weight. So, Yes; there are many problems and there are alarming statistics, but what can we do, what can we all yadavindrians can do..?! We can change this. We are the next generation. WE ARE transforming the present generation. We can educate others of how to protect themselves and stay healthy - both mentally and physically. It is not simply about personal health but also the health of our communities and our societies; and hence, through education you can give the tools to protect others. REMEMBER - “No action today – No cure tomorrow!”
So on 7th April – on World Health Day – give yourself a special gift. Stop for a moment and ask what you can do for the community to make health and wellness a reality for them. Think about what you can do to keep yourself, your family and the community safe, healthy and well.