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Crowning glory of health

15th March 2006

16032006_healthyliving1.jpgIn response to the Commonwealth Day theme of “Health and Vitality: the Commonwealth Challenge�, the Queen, in Australia to open the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, told her listeners that there are few feelings more satisfying than waking to a new day with a sense of wellbeing. She says "Good health is a precious gift.�
 
Poor health, the Queen said, is sometimes linked to the way we choose to live and that for many better health is in their own hands. Many of us can often take steps to eat better food or take more exercise.

She added that the importance of good health is exemplified on the sports field, saying "Sporting events can be the spur to extraordinary human achievement."

She also acknowledged more serious health issues; Of the 40 million people living with HIV-Aids, half are Commonwealth citizens. Half a million women die each year in pregnancy and childbirth. She praises Commonwealth governments for tackling disease but urges them to do more.
 
As she approaches her 80th birthday next month the Queen is in robust health, practicing healthy living with her love of riding and walking and her aversion to smoking following the death of her father from lung cancer aged 56.

The Queen concluded with a traditional proverb which says: ‘He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.’ She encouraged individuals to play their part 'in pursuing health and vitality for all', and bringing hope to the world.

 

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