Mental Health refers to our emotional, psychological and social well-being, and how it relates to our ability to cope with the normal stresses of life. Poor mental health (aka mental illness) manifests itself in poor quality of life, higher rates of chronic disease, and shorter lifespan.
Good nutrition is the intake of food that positively addresses the body’s dietary needs. Physical activity helps keep the body in good physical condition. Poor nutrition and physical inactivity produce overall poor health and major contributors to obesity and chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Substance abuse is the harmful use of chemicals, including psychoactive drugs, alcohol, prescription medications (and huffing). Substance abuse can lead to dependence syndrome (a negative behavioral, cognitive and physiological phenomena and social decline).