Unit 2:promoting health and well-being

Authors Avatar

Georgi Hall   Unit 2: Promoting Health and Well-being course work

Ms Langridge

3Definitions of Health:-

People’s attitude can be shown differently towards health; lots of things in life can affect a person’s opinion about it.

There are several different ways of thinking about health and well-being:

  • A person’s health and well-being can be described as the absence of physical illnesses, disease and mental distress. This is a negative definition of health and well-being.
  • The health and well-being of a person can be described as the achievement and maintenance of their physical fitness and their mental stability. This is a positive definition of health and well-being.
  • Health and well-being can be a result of a combination of PIES; Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Social factors. This is a holistic definition of health and well-being.

The book ‘Health & Social Care for GCSE, by Mark Walsh, published by Collins’ states that ‘there are many different views about what health means. Chinease or Indian cultures, for example, adopt very different  approaches to health and the causes of ill-health from medical approach typically used in Western societies such as the United Kingdom.’ This shows that different cultures percieve health in different ways. Using the information that this book provides ‘a negative view of health is based on not being or feeling unwell’ and a ‘positive view of healthinvolves identifying the qualities and abilities that a person ought to have in order to be healthy.’ And finally a ‘holistic approach to health is when we should take other aspects of life into account when we’re looking at our health, we should think about the whole person, their physical health, itellectual wellbeing, social wellbeing and a persons emotional wellbeing.’

Join now!

Peoples ideas about health and well-being change over periods of time and can vary between different cultures and societies.

Peoples ideas of health an also change due to age, gender and ethnicity, I have used the information from the book ‘Health & Social Care for GCSE, by Mark Walsh, published by Collins’ to categorise the below into, positive, negative and holistic definitions of health.

Age six – male: “Being healthy is being good at football.” This is a positive definition of health.

Age eleven – female: “Being healthy is being skinny.” This is ...

This is a preview of the whole essay