World Health Day is a global health awareness day that is celebrated annually on April 7 and is seen as an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to the importance of global health through international, regional, and local events.

Each World Health Day since 1991 has revolved around a theme. For 2022, the theme is 'Our health, our planet', which will focus on the urgent actions needed to keep people and the planet healthy, as well as raising awareness on the importance of wellbeing. To commemorate this year's World Health Day, we've got a series of tips inspired by the 'Our heath, our planet' theme to help keep yourself and the planet healthy.

Eat out less and cook more

Ordering a takeaway meal is less environmentally friendly - and generally less healthy - than cooking at home due to the packaging required. From having your takeaway food be packed in plastic containers, plastic bags, and/or styrofoam boxes to using plastic utensils, there's a lot of packaging waste that comes alongside ordering takeaway food. Furthermore, much of this packaging waste doesn't break down easily and ends up littering land and marine environments.

Plus, getting takeaway food is generally more expensive than cooking at home so your wallet will be grateful if you eat out less!

Buy local goods and eat less meat

Supporting your local farmers is a good way to not only increase your daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, but it will help reduce your carbon footprint. Buying locally means you rely far less on food that's been transported great distances, which in turn helps lower carbon emissions.

While on the topic of food, cutting down on meat (especially red meat) will have a big impact on reducing your personal carbon footprint. Production of red meat uses a lot of resources and cows give off methane emissions, which are a harmful greenhouse gas.

Use public transport and cycling

With cars being a massive contributor towards carbon emissions, taking alternative methods of transportation such as public transport will have a big impact in reducing your ecological imprint.

Not only will this help save a considerable amount of carbon dioxide emissions per year, but cycling will help keep you in shape as well.

Use less water

By reducing your water usage and using it more efficiently, not only will you help improve the health of local rivers and streams but it can also help save you money. There are several simple ways of reducing your water usage at home:

  • Reduce your shower time to four minutes or less

  • Use water-efficient shower heads

  • Turn taps off when not in use

  • Use your toilet's half-flush whenever possible

Waste less

It may not seem obvious but we end up wasting a lot of food that we buy, even when we don't mean to. This in turn means we're not only wasting resources but also contributing to greenhouse emissions. By consciously making sure that you're wasting as little food as possible, you'll play a big part in helping to reduce your ecological footprint. Some ways of reducing waste include:

  • Take stock of your fridge and pantry regularly - This will help you plan your grocery shopping list accordingly.

  • Be careful of buying food in bulk - it may seem like a good deal but not if you don't finish it before it goes bad!

  • Plan ahead your meals so you don't cook more food than you need.

  • Reuse leftovers and freeze ingredients to extend their life.

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Information sourced from the World Health Organisation and Monash University.

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All content is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional.

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