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Celebrate World Health Day on April 7th!

Mark your calendars! World Health Day is April 7th. The World Health Organization (WHO) established World Health Day to celebrate the founding of the WHO in 1948. The observance is also a global campaign in which everyone is invited to focus on a single health issue with global impact.

Elder Asian man walking down stairsThis year the WHO announced that the topic is Ageing and Health with the theme, “Good health adds life to years.” One message of the campaign is how good health throughout life can help older men and women lead full and productive lives and be a resource for their families and communities.

WHO Toolkit for World Health Day

WHO is offering a toolkit to help everyone celebrate World Health Day. The toolkit can help you share information on health and aging with your friends and family. This resource also offers recommendations on how to plan events and activities in honor of older adults in communities worldwide. The toolkit includes these materials:

Action Ideas for World Health Day

Take action on World Health Day! If you’re not sure what you can do on World Health Day, the following are a few action ideas:

  • Post on Facebook and Twitter that April 7th is World Health Day and this year’s theme is “Good health adds life to years”, including a link to information about healthy aging;
  • Share the resources offered on the WHO website with your friends, colleagues and family to encourage them to celebrate World Health Day;
  • Organize an event in your community that honors the older people in the community and shows appreciation for the contributions that they make to the community.

Older adults support their communities and families in multiple ways. World Health Day offers an opportunity to celebrate their contributions and show appreciation for their work and dedication and promote healthy aging.