This week we celebrate National Public Health Week. This week gives us a chance to think about an answer to the question: what does it mean to live a healthy life? I mean, to be truly healthy?
So, I went to the experts. Here’s what they had to say:
The World Health Organization defines health as:
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 1
The National Institutes of Health Medline Plus dictionary defines health as:
“the condition of an organism or one of its parts in which it performs its vital functions normally or properly : the state of being sound in body or mind” 2
A healthy person is one who is able to live a happy, fulfilling, active, and productive life. What does this look like?
A healthy life means being grateful and reflective.Gratitude not only increases happiness, but it also creates a sense of well-being. And, taking just a little time to reflect can make all the difference.
A healthy life means eating well.Not sure what this means? I outline it here and here.
A healthy life means serving the community.In fact, research shows that this is also a strategy to increase happiness.
A healthy life means being active every day.For an adult, this means 150 minutes per week. And for a child, this means 60 minutes per day.
A healthy life means growing with purpose and managing goals.And, if you do this in a SMART way, it also means achieving those goals!
A healthy life means getting enough sleep.For an adult, that’s 7-9 hours per night. Need strategies to make this happen? Check out my post on getting good sleep.
A healthy life means living a long one.I am reminded this by reading Dan Buttner’s book The Blue Zones, and also by learning from others.
A healthy life means working toward healthy relationships.Sometimes, this means collaborating and growing together.
What does a healthy life mean to you? Let me know by commenting below!
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- Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948. ↩
- “Health.” Medline Plus. US National Library of Medicine, National Insitutes of Health. Found online at: http://www.merriam-webster.com/medlineplus/health ↩