What is health?

  • (noun): The general condition of body and mind.
    Example: "His delicate health"; "in poor health"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Health

Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. In humans, it is the general condition of a person's mind, body and spirit, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain (as in "good health" or "healthy"). The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Although this definition has been subject to controversy, in particular as lacking operational value and because of the problem created by use of the word "complete", it remains the most enduring . Classification systems such as the WHO Family of International Classifications, including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), are commonly used to define and measure the components of health.

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Norman Bethune - Political Activities
... to make radical reforms of medical care and health services in Canada ... proponent of socialized medicine and formed the Montreal Group for the Security of People's Health ... travelled to the Soviet Union to observe first hand their system of health care ...
Neoliberalism - Reach and Effects - Effects On Global Health
... The effect of neoliberalism on global health, particularly the aspect of international aid involves key players such as Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank ... their promotion of Structural Adjustment Programs (SAP's) which slash government health spending and are an unsustainable source of foreign aid ... The reduced health spending and the gain of the public health sector by NGOs causes the local health system to become fragmented, undermines local control of health programs and contributes to local social ...
Edmond Yu
... The inquest concluded, "'Housing is a mental health issue and the absence of decent housing is a major determinant of health." A foundation to fund "a housing project for homeless men with ... high support, and non-medical organization for psychiatric survivors of the Mental Health System who also experience homelessness and would be considered 'hard to house' people," and The Edmond Yu Project ...
Worcester, Massachusetts - Infrastructure - Healthcare
... The school also operates the UMass Memorial Health Care, the clinical arm of the teaching hospital, which has expanded its locations all over central ...
Azawakh - Health
... Azawakh have no known incidence of hip dysplasia ... There is a small occurrence of adult-onset idiopathic epilepsy in the breed ...

More definitions of "health":

  • (noun): A healthy state of wellbeing free from disease.
    Example: "Physicians should be held responsible for the health of their patients"
    Synonyms: wellness

Famous quotes containing the word health:

    I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)

    We have to give ourselves—men in particular—permission to really be with and get to know our children. The premise is that taking care of kids can be a pain in the ass, and it is frustrating and agonizing, but also gratifying and enjoyable. When a little kid says, “I love you, Daddy,” or cries and you comfort her or him, life becomes a richer experience.
    —Anonymous Father. Ourselves and Our Children, by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, ch. 3 (1978)

    To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)