World Health Day is celebrated on 7th April all over the world since 1950, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and not only is this an important date, but it’s a good time to value our health and take conscious measures to preserve our wellbeing. Every year WHO takes on a different challenge and sheds light to different health issues affecting the world. Last year, the organization is highlighted the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.”

For this year, the organization chose “Beat Diabetes,” a noncommunicable disease (NCD) directly impacting millions of people of globally, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. “Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose which may over time lead to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves,” explains the WHO website. “Knowledge exists to reverse this trend through targeted prevention and appropriate care.”

To celebrate and keep mindful of the importance of health, we’ve compiled 15 quotes:

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organization, 1948.

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.” - Irish Proverb

“Joy and Temperance and Repose/ Slam the door on the doctor's nose.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.” – Unknown

“If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself.” - Leon Eldred

“A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.” - John Steinbeck

“He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” - Arabic Proverb

“I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.” - Johnny Carson

“Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot.” - Dutch Proverb

“The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.” - Jimmy Carter

“Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.” - Norman Cousins

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” - Tom Stoppard

“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” - Joyce Meyer

“In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.” - Henri-Frederic Amiel

“Early to bed and early to rise makes man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – 18th Century proverb