World Health Day 2021
Today is #WorldHealthDay. World Health Day is celebrated every year on the founding day of the World Health Organization. Established in 1950 this event has a theme each year to draw attention to a current world health issue. World Health Day provides a global opportunity to focus attention on important public health issues that affect the international community.
What can I do to help on World Health Day?
Look after yourself
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.
This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
More information about eating well
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Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.
People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.
Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
More information about exercise
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It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much.
Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.
Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life.
More information about mindfulness
Get enough sleep
Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health?
Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy.
It's now clear that a solid night's sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.
More information about how to get to sleep
Knowledge fuels self-confidence. Research has proven that lifelong learning, whether acquiring a skill like bookkeeping or taking up an activity like bird watching or a pastime like pottery, can greatly improve your mental wellbeing as it adds meaning to life.
It activates the release of the ‘feel-good’ chemical dopamine in the brain and helps you cope with the stress and strain of everyday life while increasing your energy levels and immunity.
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Help look after others
Hands. Face. Space
We can help keep each other healthy by washing our hands regularly, wearing face coverings whilst in shops or confined spaces and giving each other space. This is vitally important during the pandemic as these measures can help us keep one another safe from Covid-19.
For complete and up to date information on the current state of coronavirus, it is advised to visit trusted national guidance websites. There is a lot of misinformation being shared across less reputable channels and social media, so to be fully confident of national data and information on the current situation regarding COVID-19, you should always refer to these trusted pages.
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Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even feel happier and healthier.
Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.
Do-it.org is a database of UK volunteering opportunities. You can search more than a million volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and then apply online.
Help to raise awareness about a health issue. This may be something you have just learned about yourself or something close to your heart. Many health issues have related charities, you can share content from their websites on social media, follow them online or support them by donating money or doing a fundraising challenge.
Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments. Nearly 400 new donors a day are needed to meet demand, around 135,000 new donors a year are needed to replace those who can no longer donate, 40,000 more black donors are needed to meet the growing demand for better-matched blood, 30,000 new donors with priority blood types such as O negative are needed every year and more young people are needed to start giving blood so we can make sure we have enough blood in the future.
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