Health is a condition of psychological, physical and social well being where infirmity and illness are absent. This idea is not only limited to the physiological aspect of health but also embraces the aspects of our social and spiritual well being. We all have some level of control over our health conditions and we can choose to live healthy lifestyles or unhealthy lives or stay in between by making some changes to our lifestyle.
The advancement of medical science has enabled us to treat almost every type of diseases, improving the quality of life. The advent of many disease management techniques and medical intervention has made it possible to improve health care and bring about improvements in health status in a person in less time. It is not always necessary to go in for a major operation to improve your health. You may need to make some small changes to your lifestyle that will see you gain good health status.
The advancement of medical science has enabled us to treat almost every type of diseases, improving the quality of life. However, there is one area that needs some special attention and that is the mental and physical aspect. Mental diseases are increasing day by day and are responsible for most of the fatalities. Mental illnesses include bipolar disorder, bi-polar disorder and major depression. They affect both the thought and the behavior of the person. People with bi-polar disorder experience alternating mood swings and major depression, which makes it extremely difficult for them to live a normal life.
Poor physical well-being is directly related to poor mental well-being and vice versa. A physically fit body can easily defeat any ailment and maintain good health. However, this is not the case in today’s world where people are often unhealthy and do not exercise regularly. The lifestyle choices made by people today have also worsened the situation. Most people do not take any precautionary measures to prevent heart diseases or diabetes.
Developing a preventive measure to protect the workforce from any disease is highly essential. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was formed by an Act of Congress in response to the alarming health conditions observed in the United States workforce in the past few years. It aims at improving the standards of health and safety at work and reducing the chances of fatal injuries or diseases caused by overexertion, stress, noise, dust and chemical exposure. In the United States, the NIOSH conducts regular industry assessments and produces recommendations based on these assessments.
There are many causes for poor health issues in the workforce. According to the US Department of Labor, most employees experience poor health because of sedentary work lives, exposure to hazardous substances and poor work environments. Other causes of poor health include tobacco use and lack of exercise. Overall, lifestyle choices such as poor diet and sedentary work schedules, insufficient exercise and working in toxic environments contribute to these diseases and health problems.