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Task 1: There are many indicators of health. Indicators of health can help you find out about an individual's health. The main indicators are: * Height weight charts * Body Mass Index (BMI) * Blood pressure * Peak flow meter * Resting pulse and recovery after exercise Height weight charts: When babies are born, they are weighed and measured regularly to display whether they are fed properly. They are also assessed to show their growth rates and see if they are growing properly. Also to see if the baby is underweight, overweight, average etc... Additionally, they are weighed every week for the first two months of their lives. Body Mass Index (BMI): Body mass index is an indicator of good health as it measures the amount of fat in an individual's body in association to his or hers height. It is a formula used to show your body weight in relation to your height to see whether you are underweight, average or overweight. BMI equals weight in kilograms divided by height in meters. Blood pressure: Blood is carried from the heart to all parts of your body in vessels called arteries. Blood pressure is the pressure in which the blood is applied in the arteries and the force in which the heart pumps blood. According to Google, they define blood pressure as, "the level of pressure that the blood exerts against the walls of the arteries as it passes through them." ...read more.

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Task 2: There are many indicators of health to find out about my volunteer's present health. Firstly, there is the peak flow meter. My volunteer's peak flow reading is 410 therefore this shows that she shows no signs of asthma and her breathing rate is average and shows that her health is in a positive state. My volunteers BMI shows that she is slightly overweight keeping this in mind I have set her targets which will help her to have a average weight. Last of all, my volunteer's blood pressure is approximately a reading of 120/80 mmHg which is in general an average reading of blood pressure. Therefore this shows that she does not show signs of high blood pressure and this also indicates that she is not under a lot of stress or pressure from work and studies. This also reveals that my volunteer's present blood pressure is proportional to average and that her present health is essentially positive. Task 4: I have set 3 targets for my volunteer to meet and stick to in order for her to improve her health. Those three targets that I have set are: 1) To have a balanced diet 2) To do regular exercise 3) To improve personal hygiene I think that to improve my volunteer's health needs, she must stick to these particular targets so that her lifestyle can be developed and progressed so that she can achieve her overall needs. ...read more.

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2) To do regular exercise: Short term health plan Week What to do 1 Make time to go for a jog in the park in the mornings. 2 Wake up early and do some stretches to get warmed up. 3 If you have nothing to do, run laps around your road. 4 Stretch the neck and back before doing exercise to prevent getting sprained necks and backs. Long term health plan Month What to do 2 Join a gym and start doing stretches and working out. 3 Go to a local swimming pool with friends. 4 Watch yoga programmes and join in. 5 Visit a practice nurse for more guidance and information. 3) To improve personal hygiene: Short term health plan Week What to do 1 Try to wash your hands before preparing any type of meal. 2 Use anti-bacterial gels to remove bacteria present on hands. 3 If in a situation involving sweating, use deodorant resolve the problem. 4 Try to wash your hair twice a week. Long term health plan Month What to do 2 Choose a good deodorant and try to find a deodorant that suits your needs without having to reapply before the days out. 3 Cut your nails once a week to keep nails nice and healthy. 4 Wash clothing and linens on a regular basis. However, the dilemma is germs and bacteria can develop and increase in your dirty clothes basket so try to be persistent on a weekly cleaning schedule. 5 Bath twice a day. Wash in the morning and at night. Bathing consistently takes out body odour. ...read more.

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