Human Rights, Health and Physical Activity

This week MHREC is holding its Running4Rights event! You can run/walk/cycle/swim at your own pace, wherever, whenever you want between the 1st and 8th May 2022. Please do sign up here.

With this in mind, over the next few days we will be sharing information on Human Rights, Health and Physical Activity to showcase just how interrelated they are!

Our health and the health of those we care about is a matter of daily concern. Regardless of our age, gender, socio-economic or ethnic background, our health is considered to be our most essential and basic asset. Ill health keeps us from going work, school, seeing family and attending to our responsibilities.

Internationally, it was first referred to in the 1946 Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO), whose preamble defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The preamble states that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights also mentioned health as part of the right to an adequate standard of living (art. 25). The right to health was again recognized as a human right in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The right to health is an inclusive right. We usually associate the right to health with access to health care and hospitals. While that is correct, the right to health extends further. It includes but is not limited to Safe drinking water and adequate sanitation; Safe food; Adequate nutrition and housing; Healthy working and environmental conditions; Health-related education and information; and Gender equality.

Check in over the next few days for more information on human rights, health and physical activity! In meantime check out the following related Running4Rights posts:


WHO “Right to Health”


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