Celebrating World Health Day!

Spring is finally here with a feeling of freshness and renewal. It's a great time to reflect on what inspiration we want to carry into the warmth of the summer months and what we will leave behind from the cold winter days. For many people this could mean increasing their physical activities taking advantage of the warm weather and longer days. Generally, people are more motivated to go exercise, eat healthier food, and take care of both their mental and physical health. What a perfect time of year for World Health Day.


Since 1950, The World Health Organization, (WHO) has recognized World Health Day to be on April 7th. The goal of the holiday is to raise awareness for various public health issues, create a better global understanding and to initiate a resolution to the issues WHO presents. This year's WHO theme is Universal Health Coverage. In honor of this important day, we are highlighting just some of the individuals who are doing their part to improve the health of others all over the world.


Paul Newman was a multi-talented man. From being a race car driver, a big name in the film industry, and an entrepreneur; he was also an incredible philanthropist. Through Newman's Own Foundation, this legacy lives on with projects such as the Safe Water Network. The SWN is a community-based project that helps provide 150 communities with clean water. It was important to Newman that the project be sustainable. If a part broke or needed replacing he hoped the community members could afford to fix it. To do so, they introduced the systems into communities to be used as small businesses. Community members pay a few pennies for receive 20 liters of water and in doing so, provide the money needed to keep the system up and running for many years.


Can you imagine your child drinking out of a puddle in the driveway? After seeing her newly adopted daughter, casually do this one morning, Christine Ieronimo was inspired to start the Gimbichu Project, The small Ethiopian village of Gimbichu where her daughter came from didn't have access to clean water, so through Christine's project and money raised from her book "A Thirst for Home", Christine was able to send aid to the village. All proceeds go to improving the clinic, providing clean water, school projects, and even school tuition for those in need. For Christine, clean water was just a start; improving the health and well-being of the entire community remains the goal.


When Caroline Boudreaux saw the living conditions of an orphanage she visited on her trip to India, she knew she had to act. This motivation inspired the project, Miracle Foundation. During Caroline's visit to a small town Indian village, she saw children who were dirty, malnourished, and in desperate need of love. The Miracle Foundation was created to work with existing organizations such as the orphanage she visited and to improve the living conditions for the children all over India. The foundation also makes efforts to match children with loving families to provide a permanent home for them.




Courtney Orrange and her husband Brent Orrange decided after visiting a human trafficking recovery center that they needed to get involved somehow. Through World Hope International (WHI), the couple helped open a recovery center in Sierra Leone for victims of trafficking. Human trafficking often affects women and children the most but because of recovery centers like those run by WHI, these people are given safety a second chance at life. Courtney said that seeing the survivors be able to have so much joy and live again is what makes it all worth it.

So with these inspirational stories, celebrate World Health Day this April 7th. Take with you what you learn and go forth to do good, no one has ever suffered from too much good.

To learn more about World Health Day and this year's theme, visit the WHO website here:

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