Health and wellness are not synonyms. Health refers simply to a physical body being free from diseases, but wellness is an overall balance of your physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and occupational well-being.
Health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being, not just the absence of disease or infirmity as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Eating well and exercising often when you are younger will also help you stay in good health later in life.
Getting regular and adequate sleep is also very important for you to stay healthy.
Signs of good health
- Clear, bright skin and eyes
- Strong teeth, gums, nails and hair
- Good digestion – no gas, bloating, heartburn etc
- Feeling energised when you wake with good energy levels throughout the day
- Regular, healthy bowel movements with clear urination
- Wounds and bruises heal quickly
- Joints and muscles flex with ease
- Ability to maintain a suitable weight for your height and build
- Rarely affected by colds, flu and other infections
- Clear and focused thinking, good memory and concentration with ability to tolerate stress well
Benefits of good health
- Combats diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and certain types of cancer
- You have a bigger chance to live longer compared to those who have poor health.
- Increases your productivity due to a boost in energy
- Achieve and maintain healthy body weight
- Improved mood and self-esteem due to better emotional well-being
- Reduces over reliance on other people who may have to take care of you physically or financially if you have a chronic ailment.
Kenya’s vision 2030 on health
To improve the overall livelihoods of Kenyans, the country aims to provide an efficient and high quality healthcare system with best standards. This will be done through a two pronged approach;
- Devolution of funds and management of healthcare to the communities and district medical officers. The Ministry of Health will deal with policy and research issues.
- Shifting the bias of the national health bill from curative to preventive care. Attention will be paid to lowering incidences of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB and lowering infant and mortality ratios.
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