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It would be wrong to say that one day a year the world focuses on health as a major human concern. Each day seems to be one dedicated to building awareness for a certain health condition. For example, beyond representing World Health Day, this month also hosts Stress Awareness Month, Air Quality Awareness Week, World Immunization Week and Alcohol Awareness Month. However, World Health Day is the largest single health awareness day in the world.
This Year’s Topic: Food Safety
Each year the World Health Organization (WHO), the sponsoring entity that promotes World Health Day, chooses a single topic in health to build awareness around. This year’s topic is food safety. You may think that you know a thing or two about food safety, yet it is a major human health issue. The overwhelming factor that played into the WHO’s choice to pick this as their topic was a lack of public understanding. Here are a few important things to know about food safety:
- Given that food production has been industrialized and trade has been globalized, the likelihood of foodborne disease is increasing.
- Food can become contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites and chemicals, which can contribute to the spread of disease.
- According to the WHO, over 200 diseases can be caused by food contamination.
- In 2010, 351,000 deaths were attributed to foodborne disease
- Salmonella and E. coli were the two most common foodborne diseases in 2010 that attributed to death.
- Over 40% of those suffering from these diseases through food contamination are children under five years old.
- The area that is most effected by foodborne disease is Africa.
- Food safety can also have a major economic effect. The 2011 outbreak of E. coli in Germany cost an estimated $1.5 billion.
- Foodborne illness can also have troubling effects in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 1 in 6 Americans get sick from a food contamination every year. It accounts for 3,000 annual deaths.
The WHO hopes that building awareness around this cause will help strengthen their efforts to build up food safety organizations like the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN). It is INFOSAN’s goal to help regulate a system for food distribution in cases of emergency and natural disasters.
The Lung Institute is also involved in building awareness around specific human health conditions. Namely, we like to inform the public about lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These diseases have recently been identified as the third leading cause of death in America. To help combat lung disease, the Lung Institute recently hosted an event in Tampa, Florida in line with National Kick Butts Day, a day dedicated to help people stop smoking. Many of the patients that the Lung Institute treats have developed lung disease, at least partly, from years of smoking.
The work to build awareness about lung disease is ongoing, but hopefully, with the help of institutions like the WHO who promote public health, we can work together to greatly decrease the number of people that suffer from lung disease. If you or a loved one is currently fighting lung disease, the Lung Institute can help. We utilize cells from your own body to help promote healing and help you breathe easier. Contact us today by calling (800) 729-3065 to find out more about this alternative treatment option.