World Health Day

World Health Day Quick Facts - US

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2022 DateApril 7, 2022
2023 DateApril 7, 2023
World Health Day

World Health Day History

World Health Day seeks to raise awareness about a major global health concern selected by the World Health Organization. This day aims to increase awareness about the selected health concern and hopes to encourage countries to focus their resources on addressing it.

The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded on April 7, 1948 to better address the needs of global health issues. Every year, the WHO Assembly meets in Geneva, Switzerland to choose a major global health concern and promote it through World Health Day in the hopes of increasing awareness and preventing more cases. World Health Day is observed annually on April 7th.

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World Health Day Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for World Health Day in 2021 was Building a fairer, healthier world.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, 31% of Americans have high blood pressure. High blood pressure costs the nation $47.5 billion annually in direct medical expenses and $3.5 billion each year in lost productivity.
  • According to the American Diabetes Association, about 34 million children and adults have diabetes in the US as of 2020.
  • According to the World Health Organization, 58% of deaths in children under age five are caused by infectious diseases with pneumonia being the highest cause of those deaths.
  • Good health adds life to years - World Health Organization (WHO) 2012 slogan.

World Health Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Get your blood pressure checked! High blood pressure is a silent killer known to massively increase the risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Reduce salt and alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption in large amounts has been associated with an increase in heart diseases, brain damage, cancers and liver diseases. Salt consumption in large amounts has been associated with heart diseases, decreased brain functions and kidney problems.
  • Play sports or exercise. Exercise raises the heart rate, burns calories, releases endorphins, and helps with leading a healthier lifestyle.
  • Book an appointment for your annual check up.
  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of diabetes. See your doctor and discuss your risk of diabetes.

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