Why Should You Care about 2015’s World Health Day?

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World Health Day is a day to remember safe practices and healthy habits, as well as bring attention to global concerns that sometimes fall through the cracks.

The very first United Nations (UN) conference in 1945 discussed the need for a global health organization.  Soon after, World Health Day was established and it has been held every 7th of April since 1948 to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO).  This day is used to bring attention to different health topics.  This year the WHO is using World Health Day to focus on food safety.

What 2015’s World Health Day Means to You

It’s estimated that 2 million people die annually around the globe from unsafe food.  Because of our easy access to many clean food and water resources in the United States, it’s easy to think this problem does not affect us.  Yet, ever year over 48 million Americans get sick from tainted foods.  In 2012 alone, the instance of people falling ill or dying from contaminated foods rose by 44%.

That’s why this year’s theme is so important to every country around the globe.The WHO has published 5 keys to help make eating a safer practice around the world.

  1. Keep your food clean
  2. Separate raw and cooked food
  3. Cook food thoroughly
  4. Keep food at safe temperatures, especially meats
  5. Use safe, clean water and materials

Eating unsafe food causes many diseases ranging from simple food poisoning to cancer.

We are fortunate to live in a country that has quick and easy access to clean food, but it’s always important to remember the basics—keep eating and kitchen surfaces clean, cook foods thoroughly, and check the temperature of cooked food.

What is the WHO

As a function of the United Nations, the World Health Organization focuses on 6 key areas:

  • Health coverage for everyone
  • International health regulations to prevent health crises and organize responses to public health emergencies
  • Increasing access to medical products by supporting development of inexpensive quality healthcare products
  • Cooperative work to determine and deal with health problems
  • Coordination of responses to the rise of diseases
  • Sustaining the progress made towards the 2015 millennium development goals

How We Can Help You

We work with people every day who suffer from a variety of conditions and disease. The WHO has focused on some of the same issues we deal with and we want to help by making the public aware of what is going on. We will continue helping individuals with disabilities. If you would like to speak with us about Social Security Disability related to a difficulty you or a loved one face, please contact us. You can request a consultation on here or call us at 801.890.1030.

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