Shayna Schmidt | April 8, 2019

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7. This past weekend’s celebration was the 71st annual World Health Day-- how exciting! The awareness day is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other related organizations, and the day is dedicated to fighting for universal healthcare for all.

What is World Health Day all about?

WHO was born on April 7, 1948 with a clear and ambitious vision: a world in which all people enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. The gist is this: too many people are currently missing out on health coverage. World Health Day is about ensuring that all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. According to the organization's website, their goal is a world where everyone has access to the healthcare services they need without having to worry about going into debt paying for them. 

What does "health" mean to you?

Healthcare is a huge part of World Health Day’s mission, but we figure we’d take it back to the basics here and ask some healthy folks in our lives what “health” and “good health” means to them. Andrew Smith, Livekick fitness trainer based in Colorado Springs says, “To me, being healthy is feeling strong and fit in the body as well as having a positive and confident mindset.” He hits the nail on the head, acknowledging that health is not just about what’s on the outside. He says, “You may see a person on the street who looks like he or she works out, but you never know what’s going on internally. That person could live off of pizza and simply have ‘good genes.’” You never know, and the bottom line is that good health is about so much more than just how we look. Andrew notes that what it’s really about is “making the conscious decision to respect our bodies.”

Shayna Schmidt, our co-founder and a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach adds, “We each only get one body in this life, and it’s crucial that we treat it well. This means eating nourishing, nutrient-dense food, getting plenty of activity and sunshine, drinking lots of water, but also knowing when it’s time to slow down and take a break.” We need to respect ourselves and our minds by finding some balance and taking time to enjoy the moment and breathe deeply.

How to get involved this year

A big way to help is by spreading the word on your social media channels: throughout the campaign, WHO will be communicating via their own channels, and you can share any of their content. Here are their links: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram. The primary hashtag they’re using is #HealthForAll, but also look out for posts using #WorldHealthDay. Let’s continue to promote health on a global level this month of April! Another way to help is by setting a good example. Get out there and create some healthy habits for yourself, in turn inspiring others to do so...

Tips to stay healthy and set a good example

On this World Health Day, as a health and fitness company we'd be remiss if we didn't use this opportunity to remind everyone about the best ways to stay fit and healthy. So, we'd like to remind you of 3 simple ways to keep your health in check:

  1. Eat clean and healthy, meaning a balanced diet of real food that comes from nature, not plastic.
  2. Exercise regularly. We recommend scheduling at least 2 sessions per week with your Livekick trainer.
  3. Get those Zzzz's. A good (or bad!) night of sleep directly impacts mood, metabolism, body weight, memory, stress levels, immune system and cardiovascular health.