Health and wellbeing

Health and well-being have a central role in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) endorsed by the United Nations, emphasizing the integral part they play in building a sustainable future. The third SDG explicitly calls for ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. This goal encompasses a wide range of health objectives, from reducing maternal and child mortality rates, combatting disease epidemics, to improving mental health and well-being. But beyond SDG 3, health is intrinsically linked with almost all the other goals.

When addressing SDG 1, which aims to end poverty, one cannot neglect the social determinants of health. Economic hardship often translates into poor nutrition, inadequate housing, and limited access to health care, leading to a vicious cycle of poverty and poor health. Similarly, achieving SDG 2, ending hunger, also contributes to better health through adequate nutrition, essential for physical and mental development and the prevention of various diseases.

Conversely, the repercussions of climate change, encapsulated in SDG 13, profoundly impact health. Rising global temperatures can lead to increased spread of infectious diseases, compromised food and water supplies, and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, all posing severe health risks. Conversely, the promotion of good health can also mitigate climate change through the reduction of carbon-intensive lifestyles and adoption of healthier, more sustainable behaviors.

SDG 5, advocating for gender equality, also has substantial health implications. Ensuring women's access to sexual and reproductive health services not only improves their health outcomes, but also contributes to societal and economic development. Furthermore, achieving SDG 4, quality education, is also critical for health promotion. Education fosters health literacy, empowering individuals to make informed health decisions, hence improving overall community health.

Lastly, SDG 17 underlines the importance of partnerships for achieving these goals. Multi-sector collaboration is vital to integrate health considerations into all policies and practices. Stakeholders from various sectors, including health, education, agriculture, finance, and urban planning, need to align their efforts in creating sustainable environments that foster health and well-being.

Hence, the relationship between health, well-being, and the SDGs is reciprocal. Improving health and well-being helps in achieving sustainable development, and vice versa. In this context, health and well-being are not just outcomes but are also powerful enablers of sustainable development. For the world to truly thrive, it must recognize and act upon these interconnections.

This study indicates that among people with higher levels of disability, engaging in physical activity is linked to more effective stress coping through enhanced self-efficacy. However, this effect was not observed among people with low levels of disability.
This content aligns with Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing by explaining the different contributions to the mitochondrial toxic profile produced either by the virus or by the antiretroviral treatment.
This article highlights the impact of climate change on health, especially in the context of menopause and aging populations.
This chapter advances Goals 3 and 5 by discussing how pediatric health-care providers and systems can create healing-centered spaces to support IPV survivors and their children.
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Pediatric Clinics of North America, Volume 70, Issue 6, 2023, Pages 1087-1102

This chapter advances Goals 3 and 5 by discussing health care providers' opportunity for ARA prevention using a universal education approach that provides information on healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and ARA resources.
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The South African Herbal Pharmacopoeia
Monographs of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
2023, Pages 321-344

This content aligns with Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing by providing information about lessertia frutescens, an adaptogenic tonic, and commercial tablets that are popular to counteract the muscle-wasting effects associated with HIV-AIDS in patients and to stimulate appetite.
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Nelson Pediatric Symptom-Based Diagnosis: Common Diseases and their Mimics (Second Edition)
2023, Pages 450-472.e2

This content aligns with Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing and Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities by reviewing the common risk and protective factors for developmental disorders, approaches to screening, and identification of developmental disabilities in primary health care settings.
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Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Sixth Edition)
2023, Pages 686-693.e3

This content aligns with Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing by outlining approaches for diagnosing HIV in infants, children, adolescents, and young adults and providing an overview of the pathologic effects of HIV on various organ systems in these age groups.

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2024

Menstrual health is a fundamental aspect of human rights, dignity, and public health. Menstrual Hygiene Day, observed annually on May 28th, is dedicated to breaking taboos and raising awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM). This year, SDG Resources is leading the charge to educate, empower, and transform the conversation around menstrual health.

The Importance of Menstrual Hygiene

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Viral Infections and Antiviral Therapies
2023, Pages 263-283

This content aligns with Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing by providing a comprehensive discussion on antiretroviral therapies.

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