Get ready for World Health Day, taking place on Wednesday 7 April 2021.
What is good health?
For some, good health may be the absence of illness. For others, it may be following a balanced diet or living a healthy lifestyle. In reality, good health is made up of several factors and, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.”1
Building a fairer, healthier world
The theme for this year’s World Health Day is “building a fairer, healthier world”. The WHO is calling on leaders across the globe to ensure that all people have access to quality healthcare and that they are granted living and working conditions that are safe and conducive to good overall health.2
It’s been a trying year for all of us. COVID-19 has hit all countries hard, but communities that were already vulnerable, who are less likely to have access to quality healthcare, are more exposed to the disease, and are disproportionately affected.3
Did you know?
- One in four adults and 81% of adolescents do not do enough physical activity.4
- When it comes to mental health, depression is one of the leading causes of disability, with suicide as the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.5
- In terms of nutrition, 47 million children under the age of five are too thin for their height.6
This World Health Day, we’re helping raise awareness about health equality and the importance of building a fairer, healthier world.
Cigna’s values guide how we deliver on our mission to make healthcare more accessible to everyone. For more than 50 years, the Cigna Foundation has been bringing Cigna's mission to life in local communities around the world by supporting nonprofit work that addresses health inequality.
We work with global nonprofit organisations, including:
- Healthier Kids For Our Future (HKFOF).
- Foundation for Rehabilitation and Development of Children and Family (FORDEC).
- Warm Healing.
- And more.
Our goal is to uplift and safeguard our global communities, and to support vulnerable people through the pandemic and beyond.
- World Health Organization. Constitution. https://www.who.int/about/who-we-are/constitution. Accessed 3 March 2021.
- World Health Organization. World Health Day 2021. https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2021. Accessed 3 March 2021.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/health-equity/race-ethnicity.html. Updated 12 February 2021. Accessed 3 March 2021.
- World Health Organization. Physical activity. https://www.who.int/health-topics/physical-activity#tab=tab_1. Accessed 3 March 2021.
- World Health Organization. Mental Health. https://www.who.int/health-topics/mental-health#tab=tab_1. Accessed 24 February 2021.
- World Health Organization. Levels and trends in child malnutrition. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/jme-2020-edition. Accessed 3 March 2021.