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You, Your Health and the Whole Health Education

Posted on June 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

Did you ever stop to think why you are not able to take complete control of your health? The answer to the question can be found in the fact that most of us are, so to say, “health illiterate”. In spite of the wealth of information available about the ways to improve our health by changing our present lifestyles, we do not know how to put them to our use. Plainly speaking, most of us do not even know that such information is available.

It has been established that approximately 70% of the deaths attributed to cancer could have been avoided by some simple changes in our life style and that the main cause of our illness or disease (dis-ease) is due to stress, junk food, the environment and our very attitudes. Even those of us who are aware of these facts choose to ignore them and continue to lead a lifestyle destined to send us to the vagaries and ravages of disease.

The situation is such that, in a world bursting at its seams with health related information, we are caught in a dilemma of not knowing how to use it for our personal health. But there seems to be a ray of hope. Whole Health Education is now providing us with a perspective on all aspects of our bodies from the physical to the mental and the spiritual to help us to stay healthy.

For instance, diabetes affects nearly 18 million Americans; there are 240 million people suffering from diabetes all over the world and one person is dying every ten seconds due to diabetes. This is a leading health concern. Health education can restore the health of people with such chronic diseases.

On the Physical and Structural aspects, Whole Health Education educates on what organs and what physical processes in our bodies fail that causes the onset of diabetes. It tells that it is the inability of the body to convert the sugar intake into energy required by the body and other related information.

Diabetes can cause Emotional and Social problems. This is what the Emotional and Social aspect of Whole Health Education teaches us. In what way does diabetes effect our emotion? Most often it results in a case of poor self esteem. The effects of the ups and downs of the sugar in the blood stream can destabilize our sense of security and make us anxiety prone and fearful.

Whole Health Education provides information on the nutritional side of the disease and tell us what foods we should take and what foods we should avoid when we are suffering from diabetes. It tells us to eat less and to eat right. That vegetables are the best bet in combination with lean meat and proteins from the likes of fish and chicken. In a situation where your blood sugar has fallen below the normal level it is not wise to eat grain or sugar but sprouted grain bread etc. which can be satisfying.

Whole Health Education transforms the way we look after ourselves providing you an understanding of our health concerns. And by giving us the information in a way that helps us to understand our disease helps us to not only resolve the problem but also understand the care we choose the have. We, then, become the core of our healing process.

What Are Public Health Educators?

Posted on June 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

The main job of public health educators is to promote healthy way of living as well as to instruct people regarding issues related to health like wellness and nutrition. There are many other things that these educators do. They give classes based on nutrition, parental care, food safety, family planning, and also about diseases that can be sexually transmitted. These professionals have to plan, implement and also evaluate education policies for determining the results of such programs. If you wish to take up a job in the public health sector, then you will have to complete a degree program associated to this particular subject area.

There are some jobs in this field that also call for a master’s degree. These individuals have to conduct episodic community health evaluation for determining that what all are the health issues, which needs to be addressed. This is not all; these people have to arrange for community groups as well as volunteers for addressing the health disparities and issues in the midst of diverse groups. Audiences for health education can vary from children to even the grown ups.

All the health education curriculum and study materials are actually written by the public health educators. Those who are employed in the corporate sector are also accountable for the wellness programs designed for the employees. These people also write grants for obtaining funds to execute the health education policies along with some other special programs. Those who possess any kind of advanced degree in this field can also teach in health education plan of colleges and can also take up research work at major universities.

Another option for these professionals is to start their own work as consultants, trainers and grant writers, who work for other agencies. Those educators, who have a long experience in this sector and also possess advanced degrees, can also take up the job of a supervisor. They can also become executive directors or education directors of other agencies. In the time to come there will be a growth in this sector and the role of such educators will also become important, as numerous reforms are being introduced in the sector of health care. For pursuing this career one has to complete a bachelor’s degree with public health education as a subject or some other subject, which is closely associated with this field. After this one can be entitled to take up an entry-level job.

Reimage Your Health Education Class

Posted on June 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Traditional classroom instructor, Mr. Dean Sahbroo, has a great job. He gets to school every morning at 8:00 am, reboots his computer, turns on the projector, and unzips the day’s lesson plans from the mini drive he carries around on his key chain. The computer screen initiates and little icons start appearing, then after a few moments in the middle of the screen a tiny hoop shows a clockwise circulating pulse. Around and around it goes and after about a minute of this Mr. Sahbroo realizes the LED on his mini drive is not flashing. He tries unplugging it and plugging it back in again.

Nothing.

Dean concludes his computer system must be “hung up.” He grabs the mini drive out of his computer and walks over to the administration office to ask the cheerful school assistant, Ms. Dunelle Carple, if she could try loading it on her computer. She obliges. Sure enough the LED starts flashing and a folder image appears on her screen. She clicks on it and then launches a document called “Third Grade Lesson 1&2:”

MAJOR AREA: The Human Body
GRADE: Third Grade (Lesson 1&2)

TOPIC: Circulatory System
EMPHASIS: Anatomy & Physiology – Heart and blood vessels

MATERIALS:PPT. DVD. Worksheet.
CONTENT:

Power Point Lecture

  1. Description of Heart
  2. Hollow muscle
  3. Weight 11 oz.
  4. Size of

*brrympht*. The document closes unexpectedly and after a few moments in the middle of the screen a tiny hoop shows a clockwise circulating pulse.*pop*. A dialogue message box appears “Warning: Removable Drive Unreadable.” Dunelle picks up the phone and calls the help desk. She describes slowly step-by-step what happened on their computers and what she and Mr. Sahbroo have done. Suddenly the normally cheerful expression on Ms. Carple’s face turns ashen.

“Reimage?”

Reimage is a term used in association with computers. Essentially it means your operating system has slowed down or crashes too often because some software became damaged, corrupted or plagued with ‘bugs.’ During the re-imaging process everything on your computer system is removed and then reinstalled or better yet replaced with an upgraded version. Most people are deathly afraid of re-imaging and opt to simply reboot their system by turning it off and on again.

A quality health education class requires more than a simple rebooting process. The above hypothetical scenario of loading a prepackaged health lesson to be taught by someone not professionally prepared to teach health illustrates just one obvious pitfall of over-reliance on one form of technology (for a few more pitfalls see “Death by PowerPoint” from Don McMillan). Technology can certainly help with instruction, but up to this point it has been a great unrealized hope in educational reform.

Other repetitive routines including outdated lectures, recycled worksheets, and over copied quizzes need to be replaced with authentic or lifelike activities and assessments that engage the students. Students do learn what they live. Health topics relate most intimately with a student unlike other traditional class subjects. Leave it those other classes to describe the heart as a ‘hollow muscle.’ Students in health class can feel their own pulse and talk about what it means to “have a heart.”

Once the static lifeless instruction is removed, then the lessons can be resuscitated with the students themselves breathing life into the learning activities. How this sense of authenticity extends beyond words can be found in the lyrics “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield, “No one else can feel it for you, Only you can let it in.” Through in class activities students record their own comprehensive health textbook with an inner voice.

Topics such as eating disorders, alcohol related problems, harmful ways of relating, and childhood obesity to name a few can be discussed in small groups then shared with the whole class. So a student is not alone reading a textbook but supported by peers in a skit creation, a game, a Socratic seminar, or a project. Sometimes the work created can also serve as the assessment. This style also lends itself well to treatment of emerging current wellness topics such as new allergies or diseases.

In review it should be noted that over reliance on power point slides should be avoided, health should be taught by those who were professionally trained to do so, and lessons must include authentic activities in which each student can relate to their own personal health and wellbeing. Unlike traditional lectures the life-like activities can be fun! Once you reimage health education is in this manner students will retain more of the information because the way in which it was learned made it more memorable and enjoyable enough to last a lifetime.

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