Theme 1

Health Literacy and Healthy Living

Health literacy is required through school curricula for adoption of a healthy lifestyle from childhood that includes tackling substances that may be harmful, and giving stress on personal hygiene, sanitation, avoidance of road-injuries etc. Health literacy is directly related to health outcomes for both individuals and health systems, and has significant impact on healthcare costs. According to WHO, about 80% of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and at least 40% of cancers are preventable by changing lifestyle. The focus of this theme is disease avoidance, rather than disease treatment.