Defining Health

Health is an important part of daily life. Historically, health was assessed solely by the presence of illness. Within the last several decades, the scientific study of health has become more sophisticated and in-depth. Thus, the scope of assessing health has grown and the definition has become multi-faceted. Below are definitions of health from four major sources:

World Health Organization

State of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity


Level of function and metabolic efficiency of a living organism


The state of being free from illness or injury; a person’s mental or physical condition

US National Library of Medicine

The absence of any disease or impairment; a state that allows the individual to adequately cope with all demands of daily life; or a state of balance, equilibrium that an individual has established within himself and between himself and his social and physical environment

As we’ve found, there are many definitions of health. Although different, each one touches upon the overall state of well being. In recent years, there has been a shift in focus from physical illness to one’s mental and emotional well being. This includes a person’s ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment. So, regardless of any specific definition, it’s important to focus on caring for the entire person: healthy diet, sufficient hydration, plenty of rest, having a positive environment and good overall hygiene.

Are you caring for your entire person?


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