Health Promotion Interventions Essay

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Understanding Health Promotion Interventions in Nursing Practice
Nancy S. Hammack
Grand Canyon University: Family Centered Health Promotion NRS 429V Professor Barb McGraw
March 24, 2013

Understanding Health Promotion Interventions in Nursing Practice
The nursing profession is one of the largest health care professions, providing important opportunities for health promotion with potential to reform health at the legislative level. Health promotion is defined by Kreuter and Devore (1980) as, “the process of advocating health in order to enhance the probability that person (individual, family, and community), private (professional and business), and public (federal, state, and local government) support of positive
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Therefore, evidence-based guidelines for youth smokers are lacking, other than counseling. Tingen summarizes (2009),
“With focused and sustained endeavors of rigorous research, policy initiatives, and diligent practice, nursing can help achieve smoke-free environments, decrease risk factors and enhance protective factors in youth, develop and implement effective interventions that prevent initiation and foster successful cessation, and prevent numerous adverse health outcomes in this vulnerable population and the future of America: the youth” (p.
188).
The second illustration focused on primary, secondary and tertiary interventions using occupational health activities at a Japanese company for metabolic syndrome to determine changes in lifestyle. Their purpose was to devise the annual health promotion plan. Primary prevention included individual interview, occupational health education for groups of employees several times annually, and health consultations. Secondary prevention included post-screening referrals for those employees with abnormal findings, and tertiary prevention included visits to hospitalized employees and support for their returning to work. Ariyoshi et al. (2010) concluded, “Occupational health activities based on a health promotion philosophy and aimed at primary and secondary prevention are

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