6 ways to celebrate World Health Day in 2021
This year’s theme for World Health Day is building a fairer, healthier world. On April 7th of every year, we explore a thematic global health issue on World Health Day. For many in developed nations, never before has our health been under a sharper spotlight. According to the WHO, not only is health central to human happiness and wellbeing, it also contributes to economic progress as healthy populations are more productive, and live longer. In this Pacific Prime article, we will take a look at the theme of this year, as well as how to celebrate World Health Day in 2021 with the following tips.
1. Read up on the health inequalities in the world
The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the front the idea that our health is our biggest resource. Also, it highlighted that our world is fundamentally unequal. Put simply, differences in socioeconomic status mean differences in access to health services, and healthier lives.
Vulnerable groups in the world are hit the hardest during this pandemic. They struggle to make ends meet under poor living conditions and without access to necessities such as clean water and food security.
2. Share your favorite healthy meals and recipes for World Health Day
Celebrate by taking care of yourself this World Health Day. Eating a balanced, nutrient-dense diet doesn’t have to be difficult or boring. Inspire others to do the same by sharing your go-to “healthier” apple crumble, chicken fried rice, etc.
If you’re too busy to cook, grab a nutritious meal with a friend or family. Then, snap a picture of your lunch and share it on social media, inspiring others to do the same.
3. Remind everyone of the importance of a proper desk and chair setup
For many, we spend hours in front of our desks and computers each day. Sitting with the proper posture at the right eye level is more important than ever. Readjust your chair or buy a laptop stand, and remind your coworker and friends to do the same.
4. Bring fruits as a snack or share them with others
Replace your regular bag of chips with healthy snacks, such as strawberries or dehydrated banana chips to celebrate World Health Day in 2021. Have you transitioned back to working at the office? In that case, brighten up your colleagues’ day by sharing some fresh fruits or natural fruit snacks low in additives with them.
5. Try out meditation
Mental health is just as important as your physical health. In fact, chronic stress could increase your blood pressure, and exacerbate various medical conditions.
In comes meditation. It’s free, keeps your stress levels under control, and you could practice it nearly anywhere for however long you wish. Try it for a few minutes at a time. Relax every part of your body and focus on taking deep breaths, holding each one for a few seconds at a time. It is normal for your thoughts to wander. However, choose to let them go sans judgement and redirect your attention to the current moment.
6. Workout together with your friends and/or family
Go hiking or go for a trial kickboxing lesson. You can even play one of those fitness video games popularized by the COVID-19 lockdown with your friends and/or family. The possibilities are endless, and so is the fun.
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