When it comes to our health, university students are notorious for becoming complacent with routine examinations that further translate to later on in their lives. As a member of the UBC community and Greek Life, there is a lack of support and initiative for individuals to keep up with various disease screenings that should be a part of one’s regular regime. There is a lack of information, promotion, and awareness for the preventative measures that can be done in order to protect against certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. People who are at risk, might not even know they are, or life circumstances can arise that make people want to take action but they don’t know where to start. By implementing certain strategic …show more content…
Social media would be such an important aspect of a plan such as this because already today there are such mass movements associated with different diseases. By taking that one extra step and adding a screening component to these already established brands (such as f cancer), the student involvement would drastically increase. This also relates to another technique entitled modeling. People are naturally followers, and as there is a large maturity gap between 18 and 23 year olds (typical ages of students at UBC). The younger students will see older individuals partaking in a positive and preventative measure that contributes to an overall healthier lifestyle. Both strategies could create a movement towards pushing people into an action and maintenance stage. (Sarafino, Smith, King, & DeLongis, 2015c). Students are constantly in a rush and frenzied about the tasks that they need to do, whether it is for school, clubs, work or organizations. However, school is essentially their main job if we were to equate the commitment and severity of importance. In a group setting such as this, motivational change is going to need significant backing to make students get testing done. Whether it is a blood test, ultrasound, MRI, or even just a simple questionnaire, there needs
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What about taking matters into our own hands? Desiderius Erasmus, a 15th century catholic priest and philosopher, said: "Prevention is better than cure". What can WE do to avoid health issues or minimize their impact on our well-being? The purpose of this website is answering the above question. There is a myriad of ways to do just that. And a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single
Explain two models of behaviour change that have been used in recent national health education campaigns.
Seven in ten deaths in the United States, are attributable to chronic disease (“Leading Causes” 1). These diseases are not on account of bacteria or viruses, which could be treated with an appropriate prescription or vaccine. Chronic conditions are developed through unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors such as a lack of exercise, poor nutrition, poor sleeping habits, and substance use (e.g. tobacco). Consequently, seven in ten of every death can be prevented with changes in lifestyle. The CDC states that these conditions, “are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems” (“Chronic Disease” 1). Although these conditions have clear and definite causes (knowing the exact reason and “cure” for them), they are becoming more prevalent rather than domesticated. According to Wu and Green, “Between 2000 and 2030 the number of Americans with chronic conditions will increase by 37 percent, an increase of 46 million people” (1). This increase comes with an increase in health care costs: the CDC reported that the U.S. spent three trillion dollars on health care in 2014 (“Health Expenditures” 1). 86% of these costs was associated with these conditions (“Prevention” 1). Despite there being a range of causes of why patients make these choices, one issue that may be less familiar to others is the lack of knowledge in preventative medicine among health care professionals. Current training standards are not adequately educating or equipping health care professionals
With that said, the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Campaign program’ s intention is to use its opportunities to positively change this weakness. For example, using the SWOT findings, the conclusion is that the organization identified some weaknesses such as the low education level affecting most of the population, and a lack of understanding which caused a lack of motivation to participate in colorectal cancer screening. With that said, the organization’s intention is to use this opportunity to educate the community on the issue while collaborating with the Department of Health to provide resources to help with this objective. Afterword, the organization intends to use the positive outcomes such as increase early detection and decrease cost for treatment to get the attention of other stakeholders such as insurance companies and policy
Awareness of what health threats I might be susceptible to, and information I learned in this course about health behavior change has led me to take primary and secondary prevention actions (Straub, 2014, pp. 204). Knowing that I have a predisposition to breast cancer, ovarian cancer, hypertension, and heart problems has motivated me to exercise and improve my physical fitness, and visit the doctor more regularly to stay as healthy as possible and keep myself from getting sick. I don’t do drugs or drink alcohol because such behaviors can cause short-term and especially long-term health consequences. These are examples of primary prevention. At a recent visit to the doctor, I was informed that I have high cholesterol,
Both Healthy Alaskans 2020 and Healthy People 2020 have similar goals: increase the number of people who exercise everyday or weak. The starting point, the first action, is always educating the public or school so that people will understand that exercise is something that will prevent obesity and will greatly improve people’s health, which could also affect the length of a person’s lifespan. Along the starting point, assistance from other organizations and programs are needed in order to carry out the action. Moreover, depending on who the audience is, there will be different ways of educating them. For example, a way to teach students would be to have presenters and more exciting activities that will make students want to participate. Another example is to provide easy access to the public so that more and more people will consider exercising. Small events such as sports competitions will also entice the people. Though the goals are the same, the strategies and plans on how the goal is met
The service will be provided in accredited pharmacies and the pharmacy will be willing to train staff adequately. Training will include;
1. It is important for health education professionals to understand the history of health promotion so history doesn’t repeat itself. We can learn from others past mistakes and triumphs. One important discovery was made by the Egyptians. They were known for their cleanliness at the time and the healthiest. They opened other people’s eyes to hygiene and in 1500 B.C. the Hebrews put together the world’s first written hygienic code. This explained the importance of keeping our bodies clean and how to protect it against contagious diseases. The Greeks continued with this and were one of the first people to put a strong emphasis on disease prevention as well as the treatment of diseases. They emphasized a balance between physical, mental and spiritual
They focused on preventing chronic diseases to improve the overall health of the patient population they serve. This proactive strategy identified high-risk patients early by making sure to adhere to the best practice screening protocols and provided them with healthy lifestyle education.
Patient prevention and education should start in the primary care setting where information could be shared with the patient and their love ones. Patient education can be initiated by the primary care provider and the ancillary staff. Initiating this fundamental exchange of information can establish a knowledge base for health promotion behaviors and increase self-management skills that can improve the patient quality of life (Cha et al., 2012).
On individual level changes in health promotion and ecological approaches target and influence multiple health behaviors. This is because the individuals living in the environment are embedded in temporary change of behaviors. Therefore it is very important to consider ecological approaches, changing health behaviors and environmental factors while designing operational and supportable health promotion plans.
The 21st Century has seen the healthcare system struggle with challenges such as an increase in chronic conditions, an increase in government spending on public health, and emerging threats such as global health security and antibiotic resistance. On the positive side, more people have gained access to care. To deal with these emerging issues as well as existing challenges, we need an effective public health workforce. The public health has the role of protecting the health of citizens. This could be through health promotion and lobbying for increased access to care. To address the problem of the rise in chronic ailments, public health has a role of creating awareness on chronic conditions, their symptoms and management. This is because these conditions are expensive to treat and drain the resources of patients and their families. Public health should therefore educate the public on the importance of screening and conduct these screening services for early diagnosis and prevention of chronic diseases. Another role of public health in the 21st Century is to provide and use evidence based practice in providing clinical services. This would help in addressing some of the emerging challenges such as antibiotic resistance.
“The major goals of health promotion are to help people of all ages stay healthy, optimize health in cases of chronic disease or disability, and create healthy environments” (Pender et al., 2015). This health promotion project is designed to identify and reduce the risk factors associated with several illnesses and disease processes. This project will focus on changing lifestyle behaviors and providing up to date education for the patient to make the best informed decision regarding her environment, health behaviors, and developing a support system with her primary care physician.