By: Ernel S. Merano, PhD
A slogan goes this way, “Health is Wealth, “thus, there will be no wealth without health, indeed. The common term health refers to the state of being physical, mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually sound. Wellness, on the other hand, is quite synonymous to the word health since the term well means good, sound or in good health that conspicuously focuses on all aspects of man’s life.
In this developing country like the Philippines, the only capital for human resources to earn a living is the so-called one’s health and wellness. There will be no progressive and abundant country having people living there are having poor health. So what makes a country to be considered as a first class country like United State of America and any Europe countries? The simple and transparent answer could be the two vital words such as Health and Wellness. These two words are of course inseparable.
In this instance, since we started discussing these crucial words, let me cite to you a very common example in our society, which will directly focus on the factors that affect the academic performance of a student inside the school. Undeniably, this is an educational problem that even before and nowadays is remain unsolved.
A boy cannot go to school and perform well with his task assigned by his teacher because he has something problem with his health. He used to have fever, colds, and toothache that caused him not to report to the class. A teacher in the class visited the boy who is confined for three days in the hospital due to the said unusual fever. And only he found out the real situation of the said pupil.
With this vivid example, we can now tell and give a brilliant conclusion on how health and wellness are related to each other, right? Well, eating the exact amount of the right basic foods group every day such as the go, glow and grow food is not really enough to acquire essence of health and wellness. However, health and wellness can be attained if each individual will also give value on executing regular exercise every day. Regular exercise as well will surely help circulate our blood in our entire body normally. Nothing can defeat the state of being physically fit if each will not be lazy to perform the basic ways.
As of this contemporary age, health and wellness are much needed to solve all the existing economic problems in our society. It is completely indispensable in the way the leaders of the country can perform well their tasks and responsibilities to augment and awaken the undying condition of the country. And to start with this advocacy, educators in any private and public institution must be an advocate to their learners to emphasize and give significance to everyone’s health and wellness in order to cope up with the global competition as an advocacy of the K to 12 Basic Education Program, which main goal is to produce holistic and internationally competitive graduates that are neophyte in this country.