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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Azawakh - Health
... Azawakh have no known incidence of hip dysplasia ... There is a small occurrence of adult-onset idiopathic epilepsy in the breed ...
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 ... 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 ... Clinic was the creator of Fallon Community Health Plan, a now independent HMO based in Worcester, and one of the largest health maintenance organizations (HMOs) in the state ...
Norman Bethune - Political Activities
... agitated, without success, for the government to make radical reforms of medical care and health services in Canada ... of socialized medicine and formed the Montreal Group for the Security of People's Health. 1935 Bethune 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 (I ... IMF through 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 ...

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 think that carrying a baby inside of you is like running as fast as you can. It feels like finally letting go and filling yourself up to the widest limits.
    —Anonymous Mother. Ourselves and Our Children, by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, ch. 2 (1978)

    I am astonished at the singular pertinacity and endurance of our lives. The miracle is, that what is is, when it is so difficult, if not impossible, for anything else to be; that we walk on in our particular paths so far, before we fall on death and fate, merely because we must walk in some path; that every man can get a living, and so few can do anything more. So much only can I accomplish ere health and strength are gone, and yet this suffices.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Woman ... cannot be content with health and agility: she must make exorbitant efforts to appear something that never could exist without a diligent perversion of nature. Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939)