Collective efforts for promoting good health


We all should come together to start a program to organize revolutionary activities in the field of health. Collective efforts generate enthusiasm, self-satisfaction and the motivation to work for the social welfare. Some suggestions regarding public health are given below.

11. PROMOTING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Growing fruits and vegetables and planting trees and flowers can be very beneficial. Flowers should be planted around houses, variety of beans and gourd creepers should be grown on rooftops, holy basil saplings should be sown in the front yard and flowers and other plants should be planted wherever space is available. [ . . . ] Houses usually have free space where vegetables and flowers can be grown. If the gardening activities are handled by family members, they will become hard working and improve their health. Regional campaigns should be undertaken to encourage the growth of fruits and vegetables. [ . . . ] Planting big trees should be considered a holy act. Tree-planting campaigns should be enacted for the planting of trees in all public spaces. Community gardens should also be developed. [ . . . ] Arrangements should be made so that all the necessary items such as seeds, pots and saplings are easily available. Developing medicinal herb gardens is also essential for good health. [ . . . ]

12. IMPROVEMENTS IN COOKING METHODS

Utensils used to cook food with steam and manual millstones should be made available and affordable. [ . . . ] And people should be educated about the health benefits of using these utensils. [ . . . ]

13. ENCOURAGING THE PREPARATION OF PURE FOODS

Foods that are healthy and tasty should be promoted in place of fried foods, sweets and other unhealthy preparations. Preparations like gourd pudding, carrot halva (a dessert made with milk and grated carrots), salads, shrikhand (a dessert made with honey and strained yogurt), sweet porridge, variety of dishes made with sprouts can be created that will be useful for special meals and be tasty without being harmful to the health. People wanting to get rid of the addiction to coffee and tea can be taught to make tinctures with medicinal herbs or roasted semolina. [ . . . ]

14. RENUNCIATION OF INTOXICANTS

Publicity campaigns should offer education to help people overcome addiction. Village assemblies, religious gatherings and other auspicious occasions should be used to encourage people to vow to become free of their vices.

15. YOGA EXERCISE AND ITS TRAINING

Classes should be conducted to teach techniques of yoga asanas, pranayamas, sports, massage, stretching and other exercises. Wherever possible, collective exercise sessions should be organized daily. [ . . . ]We should gain this type of knowledge ourselves and make it available to others. [ . . . ] Good-natured organized competitions with awards for sports like wrestling, track, swimming, tug-a-war, long jump, high jump and others, should be created to increase public enthusiasm. [ . . . ] There should be arrangement to teach first aid everywhere and people should be encouraged to become certified by the Red Cross Society. It is also important to propagate the philosophy and knowledge of scouting.

16. WEEKLY FAST

Our stomachs should get a weekly holiday. If the stomach can be given a one-day rest after working for six, then our digestive system will remain problem free. On the day of rest, our digestive system will be cleaned and ready to perform well for the following week. [ . . . ] If it is not feasible to fast for a whole day, then at least one meal should be skipped. People who are weak can take milk, fruits, and vegetables but at least should not eat cereals once a day or one day a week. Fasting is not only beneficial for health, but it provides spiritual benefits as well.

17. BANQUETS AND LEFTOVER FOOD

Food must not be wasted. At gatherings, invitees should be kept to the minimum and the quantity of food should also be reduced as much as possible so that it will not be wasted. [ . . . ] Wastage of food is an apparent wrong and, from a religious perspective, disrespecting food is a sin.

18. LIMITING THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN

Looking at the increasing population of the country, economic difficulties, lack of resources, and the degraded health of common man, it is appropriate that each couple should have fewest children possible. [ . . . ] It should be well understood by couples that reducing the responsibilities and tensions of child rearing will reduce both health problems and stress.

19. INFORMATION ABOUT NATURAL MEDICINES

Fighting disease through natural medicines and remedies using the five elements (known as the Panch Karmas in Hindi) should be made popular. [ . . . ] Through these treatments, the body is completely cleansed using fasting, enema, water therapy, sun therapy, soil therapy, steam therapy, and others. Through these therapies, not only the symptoms but the root causes of disease are addressed. The public should be educated with this knowledge to such an extent that if required, they can not only treat themselves but their family members as well. [ . . . ]

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