The Health Congress of the Royal Sanitary Institute was held at Brighton from May 23rd to 27th, 1949. In the course of his inaugural address to the Congress His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, K.G., P.C., G.C.V.O., said Of all the gifts which one may be born with, everyone will agree that Good Health is greatest. It is also the most important. Let us look at Health. What is health I would hesitate to answer that question in front of the present audience. But I know what the simple answer isto feel well and to go on feeling well. That, in short, is good health. But, like all precious things, it has to be looked after. And, good or bad, it can play an everimportant part in the life of each one of us. The fresh air of the countryside and the pure air from the sea are our best safeguards for good health. But in many areas we have too large a crowd to move and too great a distance to cover before they can benefit by these two assets. And the trend in this country is toward more houses, more towns and an increasing population which is becoming too large for the country and may make ever harder the task of prevention of all that is bad. The sea will always be there for those who wish to spend their holidays away from home. But the big cities cannot be expected to empty their people for a day on to the coast. We live in an age of planning. Every government, every government department, and every local authority, plans. They spend colossal sums of money. They show very little return. Is it too much to hope that perhaps fewer people will plan our lives, and that common sense, not money, will be the backbone upon which the health of the nation will exist.
British Food Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 1, 1949