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3 Ways to Really Engage Your Audience the Next Time You Show that Health Education Video

Posted on July 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

Here are three (3) exciting ways to use video in your NEXT health education presentation:

1. Challenge your audience to look for several action points in the in the video.

Offer a prize for whoever meets the challenge. For example, there is a lead prevention video called The Silent Epidemic which focuses on the cause, prevention and dangers of lead poisoning. You could say “I will give a prize for the person who can find at least five ways to prevent lead poisoning mentioned in the film.”

2. Put your audience to work.

Divide your participants into groups of no more than seven (7) people. Ask each group to develop a list of questions that were not addressed in the video.
Perhaps your audience has more insights than the film chosen. Once people are asked to provide critical feedback they are often very willing.
Have each group report back to the entire audience. Allow time for discussion after each presentation.

3. Challenge your participants to come up with at three (3) things they would do different if they were the creators of the health education film.

This is a great activity for an afternoon. After groups have been divided into teams assign them to create a new segment on storyboard for an audience that has not been addressed by the film. Or have participants come up with strategies to present the information in a more engaging way.
For example, a film on safety prevention aimed at teens may or may not capture all segments of teens. What would they suggest? What would those groups do different to make it work?
Have each group report their creative suggestions to the entire audience.

If you use any one or combination of these strategies it will dramatically reinforce the messages given in your health education film.
Give it a try!

Rosemary Horner
Feel Free to Use this article but maintain the credit.
All Rights Reserved, Rosemary Horner 2006(c)

Health Education And Awareness – Every Church Should Have It

Posted on June 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

I can remember the prayer lines that would always form in the church when the leader or guest speaker would offer prayers for the sick. The people who stood in the prayer lines were mainly the elderly then; as I fast forward to the late nineties and these present years, those in the prayer lines for some ailment are younger as compared to years before. High blood pressure and diabetes were among the most commonly mention ailments that I would hear about when people would mention their prayer requests.

Are we risking our good healthy by the things we choose to put into our bodies? What do I mean? Eating foods that are just plain unhealthy, is surly to have some effect on our present and future health. I remember when the older men and women in the church would say to the younger, “you need a little meat on those bones”. They were making reference to you eating more so that you could gain a little weight. Eating more of what? Well, as I grew up, it consisted fried foods, mashed potatoes, candied yams, greens, pork chops, banana pudding, macaroni and cheese and much more. Yes, that good home cooking was great, but it was killing us at the same time. Too much sugar, too much starch, too much salt and fat was increasing the waistlines of families and many became overweight and unhealthy…by the choices they made. It seems that church members though little if anything about eating right and taking vitamins and supplements.

I grew up in the church, I realized that I could not nor did I want to eat just anything in excess because I could see the physical outcome of those who did. Many in the church were suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and many other ailments possibly caused by poor diets. Health education and awareness should be a part of the many weekly services in places of worship.

While the church will teach tithing, salvation and baptism, there was no mention of eating right and getting plenty of rest. Sure, everybody has the personal responsibility to take care of themselves, eat right and get the needed rest to stay healthy, but taking a look at the prayer lines in many of our churches and the prayer list in the back of church programs, it seems we are an unhealthy people. Something needs to be done to educate the people of God about taking care of themselves so we can decrease the numbers in the prayer lines because we simple do not take good care of ourselves.

There are those who have a genuine medical condition and there are those of us who can control our eating habits but, we choose not to. Many others choose to eat certain foods that contribute to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and much more. Teaching parishioners how to eat healthy can begin at the church. Often times, when the church service dismisses, churches will patronize local eateries and restaurants and consume fast foods, fatty foods and ignore the health risks by maintaining a diet high in fat, salt and sugars and other additives. When church members show up in the prayer line asking the preacher to ask God to help with the high blood pressure, the church can educate.

How can we be effective in the ministry and service of God, if we do not maintain the temple He resides in? That temple is you.

Define Health Education

Posted on June 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

Why Online Health Education Can Be The Best

In a bid to significantly reduce the amount of health infections and problems throughout the world,many international organizations and other government agencies have resorted to using the internet as the best platform of providing education to people. Health education helps the people to acquire knowledge on the kind of lifestyle they should live or avoid plus the measures they can take to prevent or reduce the occurrence of some common or chronic diseases. There are a many reasons that make online provision of health education the best method of sensitizing people on health issues. The following reasons seek to explain why online training is the most effective compared to the use of other methods.

Minimal resources are used in the sensitization process

The emergence of technology has seen many business people and other humanitarian organizations providing their goods and services online. The online provision of health education therefore aims at reaching a wide audience throughout the world with the aim of minimizing on the amounts of death experienced each year in many countries. The amount resources used by the international health organizations in ensuring most people have access to basic health information are very minimal. On the other hand any individual or person looking for any information concerning health on the internet will use the least amount of resources in terms of time and money.

Health education is flexible

With the many daily activities most people engage themselves in today, finding time to attend a public sensitization seminar organized by the international health organizations and other related government agencies can be sometimes hard. Online health education therefore provides with an opportunity to gain access to information on different topics related to health at any time you feel is convenient to you. Moreover, since this kind of education is internet based, one can access information on health from wherever part of the world he/she is. Moreover, the kind of topics discussed cover infections related to every age bracket i.e. the young and the old.

Internet based health education provides information on a variety of topics

There exists many health experts all over the world and most of them have designed websites with the aim of reaching those who are searching for information regarding various health issues. Since there are many health professionals with varying skills in different areas of specialization most people are able to get the information they might be looking for at the very time they need it. HIV/AIDS discussion for example has been the most explored topic by most health professionals. The information relayed on various sites aims at ensuring people are aware of the causative factors of the pandemic and the possible prevention measures that can be employed to reduce the number of new infections experienced each year. The internet also provides information on the communicable diseases,immunizable diseases, waterborne diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and much more. These topics explore the possible causes of the diseases or infections,how to deal with them plus the prevention measures that can help reduce the prevalence of such diseases.

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