China's Ministry of Health (MOH) has defined 33 healthy
lifestyles and behaviors in a new circular compiled by experts.
The Chinese concept of health, which means more than just not
being ill or weak, is a combination of physical and mental health
and social adaptation, it said.
According to the circular, the public is encouraged to wash
their hands and bathe frequently and not to share towels or toilet
articles. People should brush their teeth daily, gargle after every
meal, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing and
refrain from spitting.
The ministry stressed the cleanliness of drinking water. It also
ordered relevant departments to promptly report cases of ailing or
dead livestock, which can't be used for food.
The ministry also said that pregnant women should have at least
five pre-natal exams, while for other people, an annual check-up
The MOH advised the public to learn to use condoms correctly to
reduce the danger of transmitting or catching AIDS and other
sexually transmitted diseases.
To popularize the basic knowledge and skills needed for healthy
lifestyles and behaviors, the ministry has worked to promote
citizens' awareness of health. The circular has three parts: basic
concepts, healthy lifestyles and behaviors and basic skills.
(CRI February 7, 2008)