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promoting good health

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The way health is described largely depends on the individual's views and perspectives. The term health was deviated from and old English term Heal which means whole. This therefore implies that health involves every aspect of an individual's life. This includes their physical, social, emotional, mental, societal, and spiritual health. Nevertheless, most people today define health in a negative view as the feel it is the absence of illness or disease. A more reliable way to define health was described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1984 as: 'the extent to which an individual or group is able on the one hand, to realise aspirations and satisfy needs and on the other hand, to change or cope with the environment. Health is therefore seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living: it is a positive concept emphasising social and personal resources as well as physical capabilities.' As I mentioned earlier, health is generally viewed as the absence of illness or disease. However, although these terms are used together very often or used to mean the same things, they don't have the same meanings as disease was deviated from a Middle English term desaise which means discomfort while illness proves that a condition that can hurt an individual or put them in pain exists within them. Illnesses are often diagnosed through medical testing and symptoms that the patient feels but this is not always the case as some diseases like Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) ...read more.


They therefore came up with 3 main principles which were: 1. Informed choice : although with the two important qualifications- * protect children * do not allow one person's choice to adversely affect another, e.g. passive smoking 2. Personalisation: support tailored to the needs of the individuals 3. working together: real progress depends on effective partnership across communities No 2 The main purpose of this initiative was to reduce the percentage of smokers, reduce obesity, improve diet, sexual health, and mental health, and encourage sensible drinking and exercise. The areas for action set out in the Choosing Health (2004) are: PROGRAMMES OF WORK Children and young people * Personal health palns for children - to develop their own health goals with help from their parents or carers, school staff and health professionals * Healthy start - a new scheme to provide disadvantaged pregnant women and mothers of young children with vouchers for fresh food and vegetables, milk and infant formula. * Support and information for young people - e.g. a new magazine, FIT, to get health information across to young men aged 16to 30 years. * School travel - all schools in England should have active travel plans by 2010. * Food in schools - all 4-6 year olds in LEA maintained schools in England will be eligible for free fruits or vegetables. Communities leading for health * Communities for Health - to promote action on locally chosen priorotoies for health acrtoss the local voluntary sector, the NHS, local authorities, business, and industry. ...read more.


there are also some day to day effects such as shortness of breath which could mean that you can't run fast as fast as a non-smoker. This is due to the fact that the carbon monoxide from the smoke robs your organs (e.g. your brain, muscles, body tissue) of oxygen which causes your body to work harder. This therefore leads to your airway swelling up and letting in less air into your lungs. Smoking also makes sperm unhealthy therefore reducing the chances of them being able to fertiliser an egg. More facts about smoking * Lung cancer from smoking is caused by the tar in the tobacco smoke. Men who smoke are ten times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers. * Heart diseases and strokes are also more common among smokers than non smokers. * Smoking causes fat deposit to narrow and block your blood vessel which leads to heart attack. * In younger people, three out of four deaths from heart attacks are due to smoking. No4 MALNUTRITION Malnutrition or a bad diet has become a major concern in today's society especially with the 60% increase in overweight children and 70% increase in obesity. 30,000 deaths a year can be linked to obesity. It can be argued that the main reason obesity levels have increased so much is because we've got a very bad diet. Research has proven that up to 80% of bowel and breast cancer may be preventable by a change to our diets. No1 ...read more.

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