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World Health Day: Benefit from choosing to live healthy

Medihelp

2021-04-07

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Living a healthy lifestyle promises a better quality of life, contributes to your emotional wellness and saves you money. In addition, your positive choices contribute to a healthier environment.

7 April of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day, and this year the World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen the theme of Building a fairer, healthier world.

Taking care of your health and the environment

We all know that acquiring healthy habits which are fun for you and your loved ones, focusing on being active and making healthy lifestyle choices such as getting adequate sleep will help strengthen your immune system, increase longevity and help create a balanced lifestyle. Researchers at the University of Oxford conducted a study on the multiple health and environmental impacts of food, and the findings as published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicate strong links between a Western diet, health and the environment. The study found that certain food choices have a detrimental impact on health and the environment, with processed red meat being the biggest culprit and plant-based diets proving to be both healthier and less environmentally damaging. Healthy diet choices that are associated with decreased health risks and less environmental degradation include incorporating more wholegrain cereals, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish sourced through sustainable fishing, olive oil and other vegetable oils high in unsaturated fats in your diet. So, plant-based diets are not only good for you, but also for preserving the planet’s water resources and climate.

Preventive care and maintaining good health

According to the WHO, COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the fact that certain people are able to live healthier lives and have greater access to healthcare services than others.

Medihelp supports all its members in maintaining good health by offering affordable medical aid cover that combines best-in-class products with exceptional support services. Medihelp’s members have access to networks of health providers, ensuring access to appropriate, quality care.

Medihelp also supports its members by offering preventive care benefits. Added insured benefits include women’s health benefits such as mammograms and other risk assessment tests, as well as additional maternity benefits and a range of men’s health benefits such as prostate tests, while additional child benefits include routine screening and immunisation. Wellness support such as a Chronic Care and back treatment programme provide further support.

By making use of these benefits, members are able to proactively identify potential health risks and take the necessary steps to prevent and mitigate possible negative effects.

Join a healthy community

Medihelp’s members can join HealthPrint, a free online health and wellness platform, which gives them access to health information and support programmes. With HealthPrint, members can download a health record of their claims, medication history and the results of screening tests that they can easily share with their healthcare providers. They can also access all their benefit information and join life stage programmes such as the Healthy Weight Programme or the Maternity and Baby Programme, and make use of special offers and discounts from HealthPrint’s wellness partners, such as discounted gym fees.

Interested in joining Medihelp? Speak to an adviser to assist you in choosing a medical aid plan that suits your healthcare needs.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-nutrition/healthy-lifestyle-benefits#healthy-lifestyle-definition

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20191029/A-healthy-diet-also-helps-the-environment.aspx

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/28/healthy-diet-means-a-healthy-planet-study-shows

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