What is good health?

Fast facts on health

Here are some key points about health. More detail is in the main article.

Health can be defined as physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and as a resource for living a full life.

It refers not only to the absence of disease, but the ability to recover and bounce back from illness and other problems.

Factors for good health include genetics, the environment, relationships, and education.

A healthful diet, exercise, screening for diseases, and coping strategies can all enhance a person's health.

Physical health

In a person who experiences physical health, bodily functions are working at peak performance, due not only to a lack of disease, but also to regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adequate rest. We receive treatment, when necessary, to maintain the balance.

Mental health

Mental health refers to a person's emotional, social, and psychological wellbeing. Mental health is as important as physical health to a full, active lifestyle.It is harder to define mental health than physical health, because, in many cases, diagnosis depends on the individual's perception of their experience. With improvements in testing, however, some signs of some types of mental illness are now becoming "visible" in CT scans and genetic testing.

Factors for good health

Health depends on a wide range of factors.A person is born with a range of genes, and in some people, an unusual genetic pattern can lead to a less-than-optimum level of health.Access to healthcare plays a role, but the WHO suggests that the following factors may have a bigger impact on health than this:

where a person lives

the state of the surrounding environment

genetics

income

education level

relationships with friends and family

Preserving health

The best way to maintain health is to preserve it through a healthful lifestyle, rather than waiting until we are sick to put things right.