World Health Day is celebrated globally on 7 April. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been celebrating the day since 1950, in hopes of creating and promoting awareness about the importance of mental, physical and emotional health.
WHO decides on a particular theme each year, which is based on the most prevalent issue in relation with current public health concerns. This year the theme is diabetes. According to WHO, in 2012, almost 1.5 million deaths across the globe were "directly caused by diabetes".
In efforts to help highlight and promote the importance of good health, IBTimes UK has compiled a list of quotes by famous scientists and personalities.
- "Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open." ~B.K.S. Iyengar
- "To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear." - Buddha
- "A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses." – Hippocrates
- "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." - Mohandas Gandhi
- "My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically." - Stephen Hawking
- "The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around." - Thomas A. Edison
- "Nothing is more fatal to health than an overcare of it." - Benjamin Franklin
- "When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied."― Herophilus
- "He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything." - Thomas Carlyl
- "The first wealth is health." - Ralph Waldo Emerson