Spiritual health, the fourth dimension: a public health perspective

  title={Spiritual health, the fourth dimension: a public health perspective},
  author={Neera Dhar and Suresh K. Chaturvedi and Deoki Nandan},
  journal={WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health},
  pages={3 - 5}
A session of the United Nations (UN) Assembly, held recently, also focused on dealing with non‐communicable diseases by combating ‘the globalisation of unhealthy lifestyles’.[1] In fact, the behavioural aspects of an individual considerably influence one’s diet, interest in sedentary or active life and addictions to tobacco, alcohol and other substances. At the same time, an individual’s behaviour is influenced by the society’s value system and attitudes to which people subscribe to as… Expand
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