What does a healthy life mean to you?

For health professionals and member of the public from anywhere in the world.
Below you can see views about a healthy life from around the world.

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Dr Craig Ferguson
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

What does a healthy life mean to me? 

– a healthy life to me means to be happy with how my life is progressing over time and living without having regrets

– a healthy life to me means to be physically active and eat healthy (to the most part), while maintaining a comfortable weight in order to prolong this life

– a healthy life to me means to feel loved and to share love with family and friends.

I feel these help with health as they create a happy emotional and physical state that makes life so exciting. 

Dr Ma. Arlene Lee
Senior Rehabilitation Physician

Manila, Philippines

A healthy life for me is one which incorporates activities to promote optimum functioning of the body, mind, and soul. 

These are multi-faceted aspects of good eating habits, exercise, regular medical check ups, reflection, spiritual connection, continued learning, and maintaining meaningful relationships with family and friends.

Dr Prashanth Kulkarni, MD, DM
Consultant Cardiologist
Formerly Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Cardiology

Care Hospitals, Hyderabad, India

Healthy life is the one with healthy habits: healthy diet, regular exercise, maintaining normal body weight, abstaining from smoking and alcohol.

Healthy life not only prolongs lifespan  but also helps in physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Paula Cunningham

Belfast, N Ireland

For me a healthy life means connection and engagement: with people, nature, events on a local and global scale, and the arts.  It also requires good nutrition and regular exercise, touch and movement.  Regular disengagement from the digital world is also essential for me.  To that I’ll add sea-swimming, the willingness to tolerate strong feelings, red wine in moderation.

Kieran Seale
Management Consultant and Transport Policy Expert

Member, External Advisory Panel, The Cardiovascular Research Trust
London, England

Much of what we measure as a society is in terms of quantity – notably in a financial sense.  There are all kinds of reasons, however, for putting more emphasis on quality. Whether we are thinking of obesity, global warming or mental health, it is clear that more is not necessarily better. 

That is obviously the case for food where it seems to be easier to get hold of cheap, unhealthy food, than things that are actually going to do us good.  Global warming, and the destruction of the environment that goes with it, demonstrates that we have reached the limit of what we can consume.  

A mental health crisis shows that many people are overwhelmed by work and life pressures.  I believe that these strands can be brought together by promoting quality of life – transport based around physical activity (walking and cycling), sourcing locally, eating well and living sustainably.  That is what a healthy life means to me.

Billy Bryan PhD
Policy Consultant
Member, External Advisory Panel, The Cardiovascular Research Trust

Brighton, England

A healthy life is ultimately more complex than simply ‘living without disease’. It is underpinned by happiness, freedom and a sense of purpose. It involves maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, good sleep, and abstaining from harmful habits like smoking. Systematic issues such as income inequality, gender and race discrimination cannot be ignored as factors that determine people’s access to and quality of healthcare around the world.

Stuart McNab
Finance Director
Trustee and Treasurer, The Cardiovascular Research Trust

Edinburgh, Scotland

To me a healthy life means having the freedom to live a long quality life without the impact of mental or physical illness. I would advocate these benefits to my family and friends as key positives of a healthy life. A healthier life will increase the health of the modern world. Intervention at a young age to promote positive health benefits of a healthy lifestyle can also improve the whole family’s idea of healthy living habits. 

As an individual, I place trust in health professionals and other experts to provide reliable information to lead a healthy life. This includes well-known factors such as: increasing exercise, healthy meals, reducing sugar intake, limiting red meat consumption and processed foods, and a healthy sleep pattern. Without trust in society, experts’ opinions can be ignored which can damage public health. An example is misinformation surrounding vaccinations, highlighted with the current COVID-19 pandemic.  

New health challenges from the climate crisis could damage human health on a global scale, with more heatwaves, less reliable food supplies and harm to the cardiovascular systems from pollutants and micro-particles in air and food supply chains.

The extract below is from the World Health Organisation:

–       ‘Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress.

–       The direct damage costs to health (i.e. excluding costs in health-determining sectors such as agriculture and water and sanitation), is estimated to be USD 2-4 billion/year by 2030.

–       Areas with weak health infrastructure – mostly in developing countries – will be the least able to cope without assistance.

–       Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through better transport, food and energy-use choices can result in improved health, particularly through reduced air pollution.’

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