Is preventing better than a cure

 

I would say no, a cure is better than preventing something because a cure is something thatstops, kills and/or gets rid of something completely. Preventing something is when you stopsomething from happening later then sooner

Health promotion is about empowering individuals to adopt or strengthen their skills and capabilities to increase their control over improving their health. There all a lot of different approaches to healthy promotion, various programs target an individual’s lifestyle and behaviour in order to improve their health. These programs aim to develop individual skills to empower people to take control of their behaviour and attitudes. Lifestyle/ behavioural approaches ensure that individuals: Develop accurate knowledge about the health consequences of their lifestyle behaviour, for example, knowing the short- and long-term effects of obesity on the body, Find personal meaning and relevance in changing their behaviour/lifestyle, for example, realising that reducing their drinking habits will bring about stronger family relationships, Feel positive towards the outcomes of their behaviour change—feeling a sense of achievement as they reach milestones. Empowered in their ability to make the behaviour change. Are accepted by their peers and communities positively as a result of their behaviour change, Are equipped with skills to cope with difficult situations or relapses to their previous lifestyle/behavioural patterns.

There are a lot of different places for health promotion, for example schools are an excellent setting for promoting health. As individuals are in a safe and supportive environment, various strategies to raise awareness and enhance the skills of individuals can be easily achieved. Using workplaces to promote health will support individuals to adopt behaviours to improve their overall health. A variety of strategies can be used for health promotion, such as: radio advertisements, television commercials, billboards, posters,newspaper articles, guest speakers, stickers, badges, community events such as the Mother’s Day Classic, laws and regulations, increasing taxes on unhealthy practices, health education, use of famous people to promote/endorse a health issue, for example, Kylie Minogue and Kids Help Line.

For health promotion you need resources to help you to promote health, for example there are many ways you can promote health and the media is the best resource you can use to promote health. You may want to pick the best type of promotion but they may cost a lot of money. TV is probably the best of promotion you could use because everyone watches TV atone point or another but this is the most expensive way to do it. There are other ways of promoting health for a lower cost like the newspaper. All you need is a promotion that a lot of people will see and it will grab their attention.

Is Your Health A Product Of Individual Or Social Influences?

It was once thought that an individual’s health is solely the responsibility of the individual however now we see that health is something that is made up of many different factors and influences which impact upon an individual’s health.

An individual’s health was once thought to be solely the individuals responsibility and that itwas their actions and behaviours which determined their health, however now we see thateven though individuals do make the decisions about their health their decisions are oftenbased on social influences and other factors such as sociocultural and socioeconomic factorswhich impact upon an individual’s health. An example of this is young people drinking, whenyoung people drink it is often that they don’t properly assess risks in what they are doing asthey don’t have enough knowledge and experience, the social determinants come into thisas young drinking is often influenced by social influences which in this case could be thingssuch as wanting to fit into a social group, peer pressure, social status and the influence ofthe media.
Some people are less healthy than others because of where they come from. The environmental determinants of an individual’s lifestyle is a major factor of their lifestyle as it impacts and influences their health an example of this is an individual living in a rural area would not have the same access and support to health services as someone living in a city,and would be exposed to different activities and behaviours to ones that a person in a city would for example an individual living in a rural area where activities such as drinking are socially influenced more by clubs, hotels and clubs than it would be in a city environment.
Some groups are less healthy than other groups. For example indigenous Australians have a lower health status and life expectancy than non-indigenous Australians, there are many factors and influences which contribute towards this some reasons for this would be that members and people within these indigenous communities would have different circumstances and may even have a different understanding of health as a result of their social influences which would be far different from ours.

Health is not solely an individual’s responsibility there is many different factors which can influence an individual’s decisions and knowledge and have an effect on their health.

How can you exercise control over your health?

The extent of control a person can exercise over their health is in some ways, a limitless amount. There are however certain aspects of people’s health which cannot be controlled at all. The determinants of health, modifiable and non-modifiable factors and recognition and understanding of the facets which shape our health all blend together and determine the ways in which control can be executed to benefit our overall well being.The determinants of health are made up of individual, sociocultural, socioeconomic, and environmental factors.

Individual factors include things related to genetics, attitudes and values, knowledge and skills.Individual factors are generally what we call non-modifiable factors of health however there are ways in which control can be exerted in this area. A person’s attitudes and values are determined by things like personality, priorities and motivation. If a person’s motivation is towards positive, healthy behaviours then they in turn would be granted the benefits which come from these activities. However motivation can be influenced by the people around you and can lead to risk behaviours such as taking drugs. Having knowledge about the consequences to participating in these risk behaviours can provide you with the ability to make an informed decision as to whether or not you wish to partake in these activities,hence taking control over your health. Sociocultural factors are the influences made by the people around us. This includes not only our family, friends and peers but our religion and culture as well as the media. Health behaviours are adapted by people when they’re young due to the influence of mum, dad,brothers and sisters. These behaviours generally stay with you throughout your life but it is always possible to register unhealthy behaviours and replace them with beneficial behaviours.

Friends are a great influence to our health as we often make decisions based on whether or not our friends will accept and support us.Being part of a group of people who frequently drink, smoke and take drugs may lead to you participating in those behaviours so that you are accepted. Once again, understanding that these things are going to have a negative impact on your health may be enough for you to think twice before participating in these activities and perhaps thinking about finding new people to be around who will accept you as you are and not have a bad influence on your health.

The social gradient is the term used to describe the link between socioeconomic status and health. In most cases people with a low socioeconomic status have poor health. This may be because they are limited when it comes to employment, income and health benefits. People with a low SES may find themselves working in jobs associated with manual labour which can have all kinds of risks in terms of health. However having a low SES and maintaining a job at all may provide satisfaction and improve self-esteem which will have a positive effect on one’s health. Keeping this in mind it may be said that the amount of control you can exercise over your health is partly dependant on the way you look at things. Having a positive outlook on most aspects of your life can be enough to provide you with mental and emotional satisfaction.

All the determinants of health and the elements which contribute to their influence in ourlives can be sorted into modifiable or non-modifiable factors. Non-modifiable factors are allthe things to do with genetics such as age, gender race and family history. Modifiablefactors are the components of our lives which have influence over our health but have thepotential to be altered in some way. These are things like choosing to associate with theright kinds of people, having a positive outlook on things rather than a negative one, andbeing motivated towards things that will be valuable to your health.
The amount of control we have over the factors that influence our lives is dependent onvarious things. Being able to recognise and show assertion over the things being detrimentalto your health, being educated enough to have a good understanding of the negativeaspects and influences of health and being knowledgeable about ways to transform theseinto positive, beneficial behaviours. Having the ability to adjust your life in way that will bepersonally rewarding can tilt the balance of many factors present in your life which willallow you to have much more control over your health and wellbeing.

What makes young people healthy?

What do you think about the points raised here?

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The health of young people is often seen through a different light than the health of adults. There are many aspects that contribute to a young person’s health including their outlook on behaviour, perceptions people make about the attitudes and behaviours of teenagers and the protective and risk behaviours that most young people are commonly involved in.

Young people have often been thought to have little care toward their overall health and all the little things which will make them a healthy human being; however research shows that most young people today have a more positive outlook on their health than some adults. Having a good sense of what will and won’t provide a positive contribution to one’s overall wellbeing is a big part of what makes young people healthy. Studies show that over 90% of young people rate their health as being excellent, very good or good. The decrease in diagnosed diseases like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and HIV shows that there is more emphasis on the practice of safe sex among the younger generation. The near inexistence of tooth decay seen in young people highlights the importance of oral hygiene and the decrease in melanoma rates proves that people today are being more sun safe than in the recent past.

There are many stereotypes about the attitudes and behaviours of teenagers and these contribute a great deal to the perceptions many people have on the health status of young people. A common perception is that young people are drawn to dangerous, high-risk activities which have negative impacts on their health. These perceptions are often backed up by data showing the amount of young people taking part in risky activity, though when this data is juxtaposed with the data of those who do not participate in risky activity the comparison shows that only a very small percentage of teenagers actually fall under the common stereotype. Older people tend to believe that young people as a group are very lazy but research shows that the physical activity of young people has rapidly increased over the past seven years. Reckless driving is another misperception made toward young people as, although there are still young drivers who do silly things, the rate of death due to car accidents from people aged 0-18 years has decreased by just below 80% in the last 30 years.

Risk behaviours are more commonly than not, seen as being detrimental to a young person’s health. This may be true, however a small amount of risk taking can often be essential for young people to discover who they are and create for themselves a sense of self and worth. Dangerous behaviours are seen among young people as being an important part of growing up and forming their own identity. Frequently the decisions made by young people to partake in high risk activity are due to fact that the section of the brain which controls judgement and caution is not yet fully developed. Once participating in these activities they gain a better understanding of the consequences that can arise and will then be more knowledgeable about the outcomes of their future decisions.

Risk behaviours can be categorised by the different aspects which make up a young person’s health.  These aspects include mental health, food habits, physical activity, body image, drug use, sexual health and road safety. Risk behaviours are not always as obvious as people think. When talking about mental health people automatically think the risk behaviours associated with it are self-harm or suicide, taking drugs or binge drinking however things as little as blocking out feelings and emotions and not seeking help when help is needed are just as crucial. Having the ability to register when risk behaviours are present and then replace them with protective behaviours like acknowledging your condition, putting it into perspective and learning ways to cope.

health in this day and age comes down to the way the perceptions of health and the influences toward young people affect their thought processes when making decisions about what is good and bad for their overall wellbeing.  Remaining well informed about the consequences that can occur from certain behaviours will ensure young people think twice before participating in risky activity. Being able to recognise risk behaviours and then convert them into protective behaviours is also a fundamental part of what makes young people healthy.

 

Our first post – How do I know that I’m healthy?

This is our first volunteer’s response to the question – “How do I know that I’m Healthy”

 

Am I healthy?

This is the question you ask yourself from time to time and it makes you wonder how you sit on the health continuum scale. To answer this question you have to know the basics of health and what being healthy actually means. Being healthy isn’t just a physical state, just because you follow the recommended daily intake for food and you are at the gym everyday doesn’t mean you are an overall healthy person.

You could be missing a few other components to being healthy. These 5 components are Physical, Social,Emotional, Cognitive and Spiritual. These 5 components make up the Dimensions of health. Back to what I said before if you did eat healthy and spent majority of your days at the gym you’d have the physical component down but what about the other 4? By going to the gym everyday you’re missing out on a social life outside of the gym. It is these dimensions that define what health is. Balancing these 5 components isn’t as hard as it looks, it all comes down to prioritising, if you focus on one component sometimes it could help out with the others. For example joining a yoga class once a week, that would help a lot in the spiritual component and by going to this class once a week it would benefit the social component by meeting new people from this class, possibly also helping physical and emotional. Being
healthy nowadays is a lot easier than the olden days, this is because there are a lot more healthier foods being made and a lot more social gathering varieties.

No one can jump from being the unhealthiest person to healthy straight away, but all you have to do is start. Most people give up on the first two weeks and continue on with their unhealthy lifestyle because they aren’t feeling different inside or seeing any results. I think this is where the cognitive and spiritual components should kick in and help. I believe these are the most important dimensions because once you practise and perfect these the other 3 will come along with much more ease. Knowing how healthy you are can be important to your life, if you think you are a pretty healthy person usually you become more confident and feel better about yourself.

By understanding all of this you should have a good idea where you sit on the health continuum scale. I think the question “how healthy am I” should really be “how could I become healthier” because there’s always room for improvement and no one can ever be too healthy.