Health Promotion - Assignment

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Running head: HEALTH PROMOTIONHealth promotion forumName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor Note
1HEALTH PROMOTIONTable of ContentsKnowledge base...............................................................................................................................................2Synthesis and analysis of information..............................................................................................................3Linkage of research to work environment.......................................................................................................4Evidence of critical thinking............................................................................................................................5Use of academic literature................................................................................................................................6Academic writing skills....................................................................................................................................7Reflection and learnings...................................................................................................................................8References........................................................................................................................................................9
2HEALTH PROMOTIONDiscussion forum1 - Mass media and health promotionDiscussion forum 2 - Drug abuse programme evaluationDiscussion forum 3- Childhood obesity campaignKnowledge base1. The role of mass media such as, radio, television, newspapers, posters, billboards, social media andleaflets is fundamental in communicating a wide range of health messages to a larger audience. It helps informing an association between vital health information and the residents of a nation. It was effective inpersuadingtarget audiences and helping them adopt new behaviors that would benefit their health(Robinson et al., 2014). In New Zealand, these campaigns have updated the public about immunizationcampaigns. However, they also resulted in toxicity among children due to over-consumption of foods dueto advertising.2. Programme evaluation systematically gathers information related to the characteristics, activities andoutcomes of a particular programme to improve its effectiveness in preventing usage of drugs. Theseprogrammes assess the extent of addiction and related physical or mental health concerns. Theseprogrammes generally screen a larger audience for the presence of addictive behaviour. Further, theyredefine the nature of the addiction, determine a diagnosis, and develop specific treatmentrecommendations (Sussman et al., 2012). The Ministry of New Zealand has developed several websitesthat provides information on training in addiction counselling. The government as further started severalrehabilitation programmes as well to provide a retreat to wellness.3. Childhood obesity campaigns are designed with the aim of increasing access to safe and effectivetherapeutic interventions that help children to manage their weight. These campaigns focus on healthcarecounselling from trained professionals along with a wide array of diet control measures, exercise, and
3HEALTH PROMOTIONsurgery (depending on the severity of the disease). These campaigns therefore help in formulating acomprehensive obesity treatment programme (Puhl, Luedicke & Peterson, 2013). Childhood obesity isconsidered as a serious public health challenge and often results in the incidence of diabetes andcardiovascular diseases among those children at a younger age. These campaigns affect a larger populationand are typically designed to alter physical activity patterns and food habits among the target audience.Synthesis and analysis of information1. Radios are still used in places where they are popular in the form of health communication tools. Theirusage is relatively cheaper and the programs can be adjusted to meet the needs of the local population withrespect to their culture, language, and values. Distribution ofleaflets and pamphlets created by healthbodies disseminate vital health information. The Internet further increases access to a range of health-related information and transcend geographical barriers, thereby enhancing the health and wellbeing of thepeople living in the country (Syred et al., 2014).2. Such drug abuse programme evaluations employ both qualitative and quantitative approaches.Qualitative measures are initially beneficial in exploring the situation of the addiction program. Thesemethods build a context for collection of quantitative data. They involve the staff in the evaluation processand encompass routine examination of records, participant observations, analysis of situations, and focusgroup interviews (Cacciola et al., 2013). Quantitative methods rely on data collection using several scales,questionnaires, and tests. The changes in perception, health status and behaviour are measured andstatistically analysed to provide greater evidences. This creates better provisions for funding theprogramme.3. Such campaigns often encompass a physical activity component that includes involvement from teachersand parents. They work towards improving the physical and mental aspects of children who are obese.Multiple channels and non-paid forms of media are a part of these campaigns and they change the attitudesof people and increase knowledge on healthy diet and physical activity (Eatmovelive.govt.nz, 2017).
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