Health is a condition of mental, physical and emotional well being where infirmity and illness are absent. Different definitions have been employed over the years for various purposes. One of them is “the maintenance of good health”. According to this, a person’s health is maintained through proper diet and exercise, avoidance of unnecessary diseases, avoidance of unnecessary stress, and maintaining the right balance between work and home.
This definition was introduced by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their Universal Declaration of the Human Rights. In this declaration, the said organization states that every person has the right to an acceptable standard of health. The said standard is measured with respect to the knowledge, expectancy, experience, guidance and prevention of diseases. It also covers the social aspects of health such as access to services and social programs and the ability to choose one’s doctor. The above mentioned conditions are deemed to be part of the definition of health care. The definition of health care further includes the overall state of the health system.
The definition further includes the aspects of good health and the need for individuals to develop personal responsibility for their well-being. According to the WHO, a person should have the ability to make informed choices about their health and physical health as well as their emotional, mental health and family and interpersonal relationships. They should be capable of making informed decisions regarding their care, treatment and education.
This is done with the support of a range of criteria. First, people with mental health disorders should be given proper diagnosis and should be treated promptly to prevent their development into more serious conditions. Second, people with mental illness should receive treatment and therapy. These should be tailored so as to meet the special needs of the individual. Third, physical health and well-being should be encouraged and supported through a healthy lifestyle.
As a result of these guidelines, a person with an MEA will have access to a range of MEA support services that can help them manage their illness as well as improve their lifestyle choices. The criteria further states that people with MEA can expect to live longer than those without the MEA. In addition, they will have better nutrition and active lives, as well as fewer incidences of disability, death and chronic illness caused by the MEA.
The three major MEA criteria identified above are the root cause of many illnesses and are the basis for MEA activities aimed at improving health. People who are living with MEA are encouraged to take charge of their life and become active contributors to their communities. They should participate in activities and organizations that are relevant to their community. They should seek education and pursue active participation in social events. They should develop and uphold a strong sense of self as well as developing positive emotions that can serve as a fuel for achieving a higher level of wellness. As part of their overall definition, those who are involved with the MEA believe that this process will have a significant impact on their spiritual health as well.