Theory and Practice
Health education is any combination of learning experiences designed to help individuals and communities improve their health, by increasing their knowledge or influencing their attitudes. Source: http://www.who.int
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death from disease. Individuals with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular and heart disease. More than 2500 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes each day. Living with Type 2 diabetes requires that patients develop a range of competencies that allow them to take greater control over the treatment of their disease. This requires education.
During my fieldwork experience, I had successfully created a educational brochure for insulin dependent diabetics. Learning style and communication were key elements in communicating the health message. The knowledge acquired in the classroom such as how people learn in different ways, and the ideas formulated by the message sender not always matching the thought processes of the receiver were applied in creating an educational brochure for insulin dependent diabetics. Health educators can use different sources to convey information, but the process begins with the sender. In designing the brochure gender, age, reading level, and cultural norms were essential elements. Health education brochures provide you with information on how to stay healthy and/or manage diseases such as diabetes.