IELTS Essay # 469 - The best way to improve public health
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IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people say that the best way to improve public health is by increasing the number of sports facilities. Others, however, say that this would have little effect on public health and that other measures are required.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Write at least 250 words.
Sample Answer 1:
To improve public health some people suggest that the sports can play a vital role. It is said that “Healthy mind is in a Healthy body”. By increasing the number of sports facilities we can create an environment of courage, sportsmanship, and tolerance. The minds of youth can also be directed towards healthy activities through sports promotion.
However, some people believe that sports facilities alone are not sufficient to improve public health. There are many socio-economic factors that gravely affect the public health, such as water & sanitation, rampant population & pollution, lack of hygienic manners and social unrest. These factors need to be addressed to improve overall public health.
In my opinion, in a country like Pakistan, where people are living under the “shadow of fear” due to prevailing terrorism in the country we need a diverse approach. Speaking of flourishing poverty, inflation, and unemployment – availing sports facilities could be a luxury. And then there is a vast majority of areas deprived of basic health facilities, where one doctor is available for thousands of people. Sports can play a role but only if people are content with their lives.
There is a dire need for government to take solid actions to improve the general well-being of the people. Firstly, it must improve the security situation in the country to give peace of mind to the public. Secondly, it must improve water & sanitation system and must put a serious check on pollution increase and should take steps to reduce poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. Thirdly, the society must improve general hygiene level to have a positive impact on overall public health.
[ by - Amna Arshad ]
Sample Answer 2:
Public health has been always one of the sophisticated issues in each society and over last several years, there have been done lots of efforts by governments to improve public health in some countries. However, some believe that extending sports facilities in each corner of the country can have a deep effect on this matter; some other opine that other ways would be more appreciated to have a healthy society. So this essay has tried to cover both of mentioned views and then will suggest one of the best strategies to increase health indicators.
Availability of the sports facilities can make a situation that anyone in any place can do exercise and undeniably it affects some parameters of public health in a society. Put another way, these days people can easily find gems near their houses and they don’t need to waste time and cost of going to some specific areas to do exercise. By contrast, over last years, people should spend time for the mentioned purpose and most of the times they don’t attend to do exercise as they find it difficult because of the shortage of sports facilities.
However, making sports facilities in each street or residential areas can have a bit effect on public health, this cannot encourage people to do exercise lonely. Hence, public awareness about the role of exercising in health would be considered besides extending gems. For example, Media should concern more about the public health and broadcast some suitable programs to show the importance of exercising on physical and mind health. Also, there should be held several meeting in schools and universities to invite people to go to gems by describing its benefits.
I think, therefore, if people know that exercising is such a long-term investment as they don’t need to pay for serious diseases in older ages, they would be interested in using sports facilities; however, enough sports facilities should be constructed in each part of cities and villages.
[ by - Milad Rahimi ]
Sample Answer 3:
A group of people believe that by adding more sports facilities in the community, it will increase the public awareness about a healthy lifestyle. On the contrary, others think that the idea is ineffective and they believe that there are other ways which are more effective and efficient. The following essay will discuss in details about the two statements.
On the one hand, some people think that the best solution for improving public health is by providing a lot of sports facilities in the society. The existence of jogging tracks facilities, athletic fields, basketball hall or football ground in residential areas would trigger the residents in doing some exercises. With the increasing number of people who do physical exercises, it is expected that the rate of several diseases which are caused by unhealthy lifestyles, such as diabetics, heart attack or obesity would be reduced. Consequently, public health expenditures would be declined and could be allocated for other important aspects such as education or public transportation.
On the other hand, another group of people believe that building some sports facilities in the community would not be effective without health education campaigns. It is undeniable that health campaign is an essential matter since it is important to open the mind of the public about having a healthy lifestyle. The campaign should be well prepared, socialised properly and implemented thoroughly, therefore, the public will get the awareness about healthy lifestyles. Once people have realised about the lifestyles, then they would utilise the sports facilities that have been built by the Government.
In conclusion, several people think that adding more sports facilities in the neighbourhood would improve the public health, but others believe that it would only have a small effect. There are other things that should also be prepared besides building the facilities. In my opinion, I do believe that building some sports facilities in residential areas should be aligned with health education campaigns, therefore, the facilities would be utilised by the public.
[ by - Darwin Lesmana ]
Sample Answer 4:
The government has a vested interest in the mental and physical well-being of its citizens. In the recent years, there is an increased spend by Government to improve the sports infrastructure to encourage people to stay healthy. But, it can be argued that providing sports facilities alone will not be enough to motivate the people to stay fitter but other incentives are required to make the people stay fit. This essay analyses the benefits of Government actions to promote public health and suggests other methods that can be employed to improve them.
Firstly, physical and psychological benefits created by sports activities contribute to a better healthy body. Regular practice of games like badminton and basketball increases the heart rate and burns the deposited fat from the body that in turn can help improve the health of the individuals. Furthermore, engaging in games can improve the concentration and relieve stress accumulated at the workplace. Thus, sports-related activities help the people in leading a healthy lifestyle.
However, the bigger challenge for the Government is to create awareness about the health and instil interest in their mind to engage in sports-related activities. Creating sports facilities in several places of cities may not generate a lot of interest among the public to use them. They have to create awareness campaigns and incentivise the sports facilities so that the general public can appreciate the benefits of using them. It can be achieved by advertisement campaigns and special prizes for good attendance.
In conclusion, Government should aim at creating a healthy society by not only creating sports facilities but also encourage public to use the facilities. I strongly believe that Governments following the above-mentioned actions will lead to a healthy society.
[ by - Raj ]
Sample Answer 5:
There are those who claim that the best way to uplift public health is through adding more sports facilities. However, others say that this would produce few effects on public health and that other alternatives are needed. These views will now be discussed and I will give my opinion at the end of the essay.
Some people believe that having a lot of sports facilities is the best way to improve public health. They think that with the availability of these recreational facilities will shift the attention of people from doing drugs and/or other detrimental vices to sports, which is also a form of exercise. In our community, for instance, members of the local council in cooperation with youth sector proposed the constitution of a gymnasium was finished early last year. It became the venue for different events not only within our community but also the neighbouring community. Since the construction of the sports facility, the local health station reported a significant decrease in clinic visit of the locals.
On the other hand, other people think sports facilities will have a little effect on public health and that other measures are needed. They believe that there are activities that are more effective and more important, health programs for example. For them, having an activity that everyone can participate in is more effective than building more sports facilities. Perhaps activities, like conducting a daily exercise or helping the local health department in locating ill people within the community, would be a greater help. As for my experience, I was once a volunteer in our health station wherein we do look for people in the community needing health attention and we refer them to the municipal health office for evaluation and treatment.
In conclusion, I think both views are of great help in improving public health. We, the residents, to the best of our ability should cooperate and help our community leaders in improving public health.
[ by - Rona Lyn Olivar ]
Sample Answer 6:
Many people believe that sports facilities are essential for improving public health as sporting activity helps to maintain body diet. But sports facility is not the only solution to improve public health. While a healthy place lets us live a healthy life, living in a dirty place and bad foods lead to numbers of health problems. In my opinion, other measures are required to improve public health along with the increase of sports facilities.
Sports facilities are very important for public health either directly or indirectly. If you exercise regularly, you will have less disease than others who do not exercise at all. Beside this, doctors always prescribe to walk in the morning for controlling various diseases like diabetes. Moreover, sports facilities let the children grow healthy and tall. Furthermore, to the fact, sporting activity keeps you away from getting addicted to alcohol or drugs. So, the importance of sports facility cannot be ignored in any way.
On the other hand, other measures like reducing water contamination, environmental pollution, air and sound pollution etc. are important to improve public health. Doctors always prescribe for fresh air which is very important for healthiness. Moreover, there are a number of deadly viruses transmits via air and water. So, if we can reduce air and water pollution, it will help to improve public health certainly.
Finally, everybody needs to understand the reasons behind health deterioration. All specialist doctor related to public health emphasises the importance of pollution free environment, balanced diet as well as an increase of sports facilities. In my opinion, various measures need to be taken to improve public health by the appropriate authority rather than concentrating on a particular issue like increasing sports facilities only.
[ by - Safayet Ullah ]
Sample Answer 7:
Certain people believe that to improve people's physical condition more gyms and similar infrastructural objects have to be built. Opponents state that these actions will not be productive and other actions have to be made. In my opinion, although sports facilities are increasingly gaining in popularity, they cannot noticeably affect the population's health.
Initially, it is obvious that gyms have always been a decent alternative to nightclubs or bars, considering that youngsters are often visitors there. The British Association of Doctors stated that 80% of jobs involve sitting in the office. As we know, our ancestors did a lot of physical works during their lives. Therefore we ought to visit fitness centres to load ourselves with exercises; otherwise, you will be weak and maybe even taken ill. The main problem is the growing number of these facilities does not mean that more visitors will come.
Moreover, there are other important aspects of well-being. For example, a proper diet without red meat and sugar might be healthier than a morning jog. The government should pay more attention to advertising healthful organic groceries thereby reducing a consumption of food full of chemicals and pesticides. Secondly, the concept of fit lifestyle has to be introduced and become a compulsory part of school education. Lastly, to prevent addictions and improve public health prices on alcohol and tobacco products may be increased.
In conclusion, to improve public health objects such as swimming pools, stadiums and gyms are required. However other measures focused on healthy diet, advertising organic food or proper education will be more beneficial.
[ by - Max Kolyada ]
Sample Answer 8:
Health is wealth. Without health no one can lead a good life because good health is essential for people to work, to think, even to lead a basic life. However, whether ‘physical activity is enough or not to lead a better social life’ is a debatable one. There are strong reasons behind on both the views. However, I opt to the fact that sports activity is not enough for good health because a perfect man needs both physical and mental activity and other factors like proper diet, awareness among people, health care facilities and a healthy lifestyle also contribute towards a healthy life.
Firstly, from childhood, a person starts to do the physical activity such as walking, running, playing but he does not know the importance of such actions or exercises. When he grows up he knows the needs of exercises.This is his mental awareness. So, health will not be fulfilling with sports only as it needs mental power also. In current society, parents are least bothered about the physical health of their children and for themselves as well. Both parents in many cases are working and to make their life easier they rely on fast foods and unhealthy foods. Not only that, most of the people are living in flats or apartments, so children are not getting enough space to play. Due to this children are becoming more prone to get obesity and it leads to unhealthy life and can make juvenile diabetics and other obesity-related illness. Nowadays there are varieties of sports or indoor activity like yoga, karate, or dance. These activities provide wellness to the mind and body. For example, in my place, we have camps or part-time classes for children and adult for yoga, swimming, karate and dance. These facilities should be made available for our convenience and less price.
If a person is physically fit with sports and not knowing about the importance of how to be healthy it will be worthless. For example, there are many sportspersons using alcohol or cigarettes. They are not thinking about their health because smoking and alcoholism can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle in future. Health awareness should be emphasised from childhood. So, at first, parents should be educated about this matter because nowadays parents want to make their children more intelligent in academic level. Community leaders such as teachers, doctors, and nurses should teach the public about the importance of physical and mental wellness. Public health means not only physical or mental well-being rather it includes environmental wellbeing also. Proper disposal of waste, maintaining green life and deforestation are the main factors which help to maintain our environment safe.
To sum up, not only sports activities but also mental awareness is important to maintain good health because prevention is better than cure.
[ by - Lettisha James ]
Sample Answer 9:
Health is considered as the uttermost crucial element in people's lives and no country can ever dream to prosper if its citizens have a poor health condition. Every year government spends billions of dollars to recuperate public health of the country. Some people think that government can actually save moolah by investing in building sports centres rather than squandering annually on medical supplies while others argue that it would make little difference.
Prevention is better than cure and it is indisputable that many diseases that people are suffering these days are due to an unhygienic lifestyle that people are embracing these days. Lack of physical activity added to extreme work stress and junk foods are making people more and more vulnerable to diseases like blood pressure, diabetes and depression and its medications aren’t cheap either. It is evident that huge sum is reimbursed for treatment of these diseases. If the government opens sports centres and people take up a healthy habit of doing physical work out there, not only it will make them immune to these diseases but they will also thrive both professionally and personally as a healthy body is superior to unhealthy one any day.
However, the mere concentrating on sports centres to improve the health condition is not far from its fair share of controversy and critics either. Many disputes that it is only one aspect of possible many to the uplift health status of the country and snuggling it while completely overlooking others won't be of any use. For instance, people living in rural parts of our country do physical work all day and yet they do have a poor health condition. Lack of proper medical facilities, health awareness and malnutrition is leading to the untimely death of many by a simple disease like diarrhoea in places like Jajarkot and Ropla every year. Now policy of setting up sports centres there while ignoring the real issues would not be anything more than a parody.
[ by - Ashish Karmacharya ]
Sample Answer 10:
People believe there exisits several ways to improve public health and well-being. They are grouped according to these measures that they support. Some of the people say that increasing number of sports facilities result in more public health. Also, they assert that this way is the best. However, others claim that increase in the number of sports facilities slightly affects the public health than other measures which are more important. In my opinion, not the latter but the former group's point of view is more realistic and worth to believe.
To begin with the former, they choose the best way to increase healthiness level by increasing the number of sports facilities. Although, the sport is a good way to stay healthy, making a bulk of sports facility is not enough to encourage people to do sport. For example, there are lots of sports centres around the city charging an annual basis and open until midnight, but there are not enough regular member. Most of the members started in full excitement to join each activity, but could not afford to do what they promised. Actually, why this situation arises usually has many reasons but the point is that only sports facilities are not enough to encourage people to participate in sports and maintain a good health.
The latter opinion, which is more realistic, claims that more important other measures are required to improve public health rather than the sports facility. During our lifetime we changed our lifestyles much. Especially, people give different priorities to the ways which affect their health than before. These ways can be categorised mainly into three groups such as eating habits, working styles and living area. First, people eat much more junk food than before affecting their health in the worst way. Then, working conditions become hard than before which also change healthiness level to the negative sides. Finally, living areas are not clean enough to be healthy now. Thus, priority has to be given to those three ways to make them good for human health, but not to sports facilities.
To conclude, people may have different thoughts about how to increase public health. Some of them insist on increasing the number of sports facilities is the best way but others do not agree with them. Although the sports is an important task for human health, solely it is not enough for improvement.
[ by - Husna Isik ]
Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
Over the last two decades, health consciousness has accelerated significantly amongst the crowd. People indulge in various fitness activities and habits for their wellbeing. Myriad factors contribute to public health. Some opine that increasing sports facilities is the best approach for ameliorating public health, whereas others believe that it has a marginal impact on the growth rate of public health and other measures are mandatory in achieving the satisfactory results. I am strongly inclined to the latter view.
On one hand, many people believe that the optimal way of enhancing the health conditions amongst people is by increasing the number of sports facilities. Meanwhile, by doing so, there would be more opportunities for people to engross in those sports facilities. However, even if this initiative leads to a spike in uplifting health conditions in the early phase, it needs immense motivation and discipline from individuals to adhere to this practice in the long run.
Apart from physical fitness, one's mental health is also equally significant. So this is another key area which can not be overlooked.
On the other hand, many others regard that increasing the sports facilities solely can not attribute to enhance the overall public health. Individuals have an inevitable role to take up the responsibility of self-care. It is essential to follow balanced dietary habits to overcome the risk of obesity and heart diseases.
The government should consider investing in health awareness programs and advertisements so as to promote the bad effects of junk food, smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. Additionally, the government should support poor people by providing them with free medical aids. As per a recent survey by Delhi University, 30 per cent of children in India are suffering from malnutrition. So improving this condition is far more important than establishing some health and sports centres.
To encapsulate, increasing the number of sports facilities helps in improving public health marginally, for the exponential growth, it is important to undertake umpteen measures which are articulated in the latter view.