by Dan Williams, program officer
Saturday, April 7 is World Health Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization. This year’s campaign theme is: universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere. It’s exciting to see this year’s spotlight on health coverage. It aligns perfectly with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s Well-being Impact Area, which I am proud to lead.
This year’s World Health Day theme brings good news and a greater definition to what we mean by Well-being. Simply put, we are striving for “health for all.” Furthermore, we want all individuals and communities to receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. This includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, including treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. The Foundation will be directing grantmaking, policy and partnership building efforts toward this notion of “health for all” in the coming years.
Health is our greatest wealth! Our physical health is perhaps the foundation for all wellness – and it’s in each of our hands. Remember some of the ways you can stay healthy:
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re our best source of necessary nutrients, they help us feel energized and optimistic and they’re some of the tastiest treats around!
- What better time to think about health than spring and summer? With so much bright flora, this is the season to be outside and rally your friends and family members. The easiest—and most affordable—way to improve your community health is to get active with a walking club.
- Health applies to everything around us, including Mother Earth. The easiest ways to maintain the health of our planet and your community right now are already available to many of us: recycle, pick up trash.
- Staying healthy is important to lead lives of service, and your work may inspire someone to pay it forward and continue the chain of community improvement! Donate blood, become a volunteer or raise funds for your favorite nonprofit agency.
Take advantage of this year’s World Health Day to count your health blessings and become an advocate of the “health for all” movement in our community.