Health, according to the World Health Organization, “is a state of full physical, emotional and social well being and not just the absence of illness and disease.” A wide variety of definitions have been applied to the term in many contexts. Some refer to health as the absence of serious illness or disability, while others imply a condition of health.
In order to promote good health, public health educators have developed a range of ways to explain the concept. For example, in its main article on the definition of well-being, the World Health Organization describes it as “a state of total well being through the whole body, mind and spirit”. Other important articles describe mental health as having healthy relationships with others, being active and productive, managing stress, accepting the limitations of aging and the physicality of life, and using leisure time constructively to meet personal needs. A fourth definition, “expectancy of life”, includes the expectation that death will be a normal part of everyday life, coupled with a variety of possible treatments and coping mechanisms appropriate to age and individual circumstances.
According to these main articles and other related works, health concerns need to be addressed as a whole. This means that prevention of health problems can be better promoted by improving daily lifestyle, diet, exercise, sleep and other aspects of the person’s life. The main articles on well-being mention a range of resources, including books, magazines, journals, organizations, government agencies and web sites, which can be of assistance to those who are trying to understand and promote good health.