By Boye Adefila(Wellness Advocate/TechPreneur/Parent)
If you are like me you’ve probably been always fascinated by words and their meanings. One of such words that fell into my basket of curiosity in my early years, is the word ‘health’. While there is always the topical or everyday usage of a word, versus the methodic definition in a dictionary, there is that third angle which delves deeper into the origin and history of a word as it grew phonetic and grammatical wings in its flight across times and cultures.
Above all however, is what I consider the most superior method, that which expands the semantic confines of a word to embrace all the denoted and connoted ramifications and lays such a word like ‘health’ on the platter of greater comprehension.
Health is therefore aptly defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as follows:
“Good health is a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is a resource for everyday life, not the object of living, and is a positive concept emphasising social and personal resources as well as physical capabilities. Health is a fundamental human right, recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
Ah haa, there we are, without this holistic definition by WHO, we might have defined good health as a pleasant state of physical wellbeing, or the absence of disease, hence “dis-ease”.
Now that we have laid the definition of health to bed, let’s lie on another premise and share insights into what this column would be about!
For our purpose you can simply substitute the word ‘wellness’ for health.
My goal as a wellness advocate is to ensure a virile human economy (okay let’s say productive society so we’re all on the same page … ha ha) through an active health consciousness one action at a time.
As a president or leader of any group, company or even a small family unit, you are only too aware of what downtime means. Productivity is not only at a low ebb, group dynamics are compromised and schedules start to overlap due to one postponement after the other.
This column aims to show readers simple everyday means of not just staying healthy but moving a step higher to promote health.
As qualified medical doctors would say, health is determined by both internal forces, such as genetics, behaviour, culture, habits and lifestyles, and external forces such as preventative, curative and promotional aspects of the health sector, as well as elements outside the health sector, including technological factors such as ergonomics and digital technology.
How does that current digital lifestyle - complete with smart phone, tab and hours on social media platforms- contribute to that tension headache, minor irritation, listlessness, blood-toxification and or sterility? Are there simple everyday ways to defend our body from digital health hazards?
How does our sitting posture, hours spent slouched or arched behind a desk top contribute to our upper back pain, which, thanks to our sympathetic nervous system (our organs have a way of not minding their business. You’re hungry and then your head is aching. Trust me, you’re not the only one who’s sick of this sympathetic behavior or otherwise unrelated body parts or organs! But (whispers) therein lies a solution called bio resonance, a system of medicine that uses the body’s penchant for resonating to common cellular vibrations. Don’t you worry, I shall break down all the plenty grammar as we go on 🙂
How does the dull or bright lighting in a room affect the exuberance or otherwise of people in a room, children in a classroom, audience at a seminar or patients in a hospital?
How do colours affect our health? How does noise or quiet affect our mental health? So many ‘Hows’ come to mind, but first, how do I tell you that I will have to stop here for now. See you with my next article titled How Your Health Affects Your Balance Sheet. Till then eat, pray, love.