Health is wealth

Health and health concerns always takes priority in our society today. The more high tech and sophisticated we have become the more complicated are the health problems we face. Mushrooming health centres, super speciality hospitals, clinics, hospices, and pharmacies are clear evidences of the increasing health problems and people’s health consciousness. Money can buy any amount of medicines and take a person anywhere in the world for treatment but it cannot buy health. Though medical science has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years with several successful remedial and preventive medicines, we are faced with new and unheard of illnesses. Research in the field of medicine has resulted in making the health care career in high demand, professional and multinational in nature.

It is a known fact that much of today’s health problems are created by the greed and selfishness of some individuals. Besides corrupt and immoral practices, unhygienic living conditions, junk food, lack of sanitary facilities and unhealthy lifestyle contribute to the creation of a sick and ailing society.

Health is an asset without par. Mahatma Gandhi says, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”. Money in your wallet will not cure or prevent illness because health is not for sale. People have a tendency to spend their best years of their life in the pursuit of wealth and when they reach their target, often they do not have the health to enjoy it. Very often we forget that our greatest wealth is our health. Even if one has everything in the world but not good health then it is as good as having nothing. “To keep the body in good health is a duty… Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear,” says the Buddha.

We observe World Health Day on April 7, and so our cover story this month gives you tips on taking care of your heath. Besides medicine, wholesome diet, right exercise, music, games, yoga, sound sleep, positive self-talk, good friends, well-ordered lifestyle, etc., can go a long way in providing a holistic health care. Health is intimately and necessarily related to your mental health. Healthy living is within your reach and it requires a long-term commitment. Regular health check-ups and a well planned and disciplined lifestyle will ensure that you are on the right track. No one ever regretted living a healthy life. Our body is our most priceless possession and it deserves utmost care. Therefore, think healthy, live healthy and be happy.

John Gilbert, SSP is the former Chief Editor of The Teenager Today, India's only TeenZine.

John Gilbert, SSP

John Gilbert, SSP is the former Chief Editor of The Teenager Today, India's only TeenZine.