Improving Health Disparities Through Policy Implementation
It is important for everyone to learn about health since it is a state of being that is healthy in all aspects. It can be said to be synonymous with having the capacity to enjoy life and to be contented with your life. Healthy means having an acceptable level of the four basic components of health: physical, emotional, mental, and social. In order to have a complete health strategy, all the four components must be present.
Health, according to the World Health Organization, is a state of full physical, emotional and social well being and not just the absence of sickness and disease. Various definitions have been used over time to explain what it means. According to some, it involves being able to cope or handle difficult situations and conditions with dignity; having a realistic view of your capabilities and abilities, and having control of your emotions and mind. To improve health, one must be able to integrate all these components. These include physical health, which includes your body and its functions; emotional health, which include your attitude and motivation; and social health, which refer to your relationships with other people. A person who is mentally healthy is also mentally fit to handle any health issues that may come his way.
Mental health and its absence result to poor decision-making, lack of personal relationships, and low productivity. The absence of physical illness results to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. In order to have a healthy lifestyle, we must become aware of and appreciate the differences between illness and health, and take preventive measures if we detect any signs of illness. This awareness promotes unity between the health and development services as well as between the sufferer and the health care provider. Indeed, the implementation of an integrated health policy is the best way to improve health disparity.