World Health Day – Four reasons why being financially healthy is important for Manitobans
World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7th, and this year’s theme is “Supporting financial health for everyone”. This theme will raise awareness and improve the understanding of the importance of financial health for everyone’s overall wellbeing.
Financial health is an essential part of health, and it can have a huge impact on the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of Canadians. If we are financially healthy, we will:
- have more control over our lives, enjoy a sense of security and stability and have greater access to financial resources that can help us achieve our goals.
- make wise financial decisions, manage our money and investments, and protect our savings.
- make the most of our income, plan for our retirement, and support our families.
- be able to cope with unexpected expenses, such as medical bills or repairs. It can also help us prepare for emergencies, such as natural disasters or job loss.
Unfortunately, many people around the world don’t have access to the resources they need to achieve financial health. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to assess their financial health by asking that you 1) consider your current financial situation, 2) create a budget, and 3) plan for your future. This will help you make the most of your money and protect your future.
We’re also encouraging everyone to support those who don’t have access to the resources they need to achieve financial health. In Manitoba, this could include providing educational resources such as Get Your Benefits or directing Manitobans to resources such as those offered by SEED Winnipeg Inc.
Financial health is an essential part of our overall health. It’s important that we all work together to support it. On this World Health Day, let’s make a commitment to helping everyone achieve financial health.
Founder and Project Coordinator, MoneySmart Manitoba
Manager, Education & Communications, Manitoba Financial Services Agency