What is health?
Health, as defined in the World Health Organization (WHO)
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social
well-being and not merely the absence of disease or
The definition was updated in the 1986 WHO "Ottawa Charter
for Health Promotion" to say health is a "resource for
everyday life, not the objective of living", and
a positive concept emphasizing social and personal
resources, as well as physical capacities.
Aspects of Health
Physical fitness is good bodily health, and is the result of
proper diet and nutrition,
proper rest for physical recovery.
Mental health is a concept that refers to a human
individual's emotional and psychological well-being.
" In general, it is agreed that "mental health" and "mental
illness" are not opposites.
In other words, the absence of a recognized mental disorder
is not necessarily an indicator of mental health.
Signs of mental health:
how effectively and successfully a person functions.
Feeling capable and competent;
being able to handle normal levels of stress,
maintain satisfying relationships,
lead an independent life;
being able to "bounce back," or recover from difficult