NNPHD has many forms of health education for single persons or groups of people. The health topics can cover almost any subject. Here are a few samples of topics:
- types of diseases
- choosing the right foods for you to stay healthy
- best ways to take care of your baby or children
- how to take medicine the right way
- first aid for sunburns
- how to avoid falls for seniors
- many, many more health education topics
- Helps people learn about their health.
- Inspires people to want to improve their health.
- Can be read in brochures and booklets.
- Is learned from watching videos and movies on DVD or on a computer.
- Can mean listening to speakers who know a lot about health.
Health Educauion can be taught by professionals who have been trained to teach topics in health care, public health, and other health related fields. Some of these professionals are doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and many other types of teachers.
Sandra, from Wayne County, had never taken a health class before. She never knew where to look for help to improve her health until she was invited to the Healthy Living class by Coach Georgina. Sandra joined the Healthy Living class because she was interested in learning how to eat healthier and how to control portion size. She did not know where to start on her own and needed guidance. Her favorite thing about the class was the knowledge she gained on how to bring healthy eating and exercise together to help her lose weight and the motivation to meet her health goals. Sandra lost seven pounds and went from an extra-large to a medium in six months of taking health coaching classes where she learned why she should be eating healthy, and how to change unhealthy habits. The Health Coach helped Sandra set personal goals and gave her valuable tools to achieve those goals. One of her goals was to use correct portion sizes because, as she put it, “I like to eat a lot of food.”
As she saw the positive results of her new habits, she became more motivated to continue with the healthy changes in order to see more results and become even more motivated. “Health has become the most important. "I just feel better,” Sandra said. Sandra was most encouraged by her Health Coach’s persistent invitations and motivation to keep working toward her goals. Whether it was a text or a phone call, it always seemed to be right at the moments when she was lacking personal motivation. After receiving a call from Coach Georgina, her mentality switched to “Yeah, I can do it!”
The biggest motivator for Sandra now is her health. Another perk of eating healthy and exercising regularly has been clothing. “I can now get the clothes that I like!" I went from an extra-large to a medium…
I feel that I look good.
My kids tell me I look skinnier. And my coach still encourages me and tells me I look good.” After completing class Sandra continues to work on her personal wellness goals. She is still using the things she learned from class to help her eat healthy, drink more water, and exercise, even if she doesn’t have time to go to the gym.
Sandra immediately involved her family in her healthy lifestyle changes. She started cooking healthy for everyone in the family. Her children got to learn how to fix a healthy plate and how to read food labels. Now, when they go to the grocery store, her daughter is always on the lookout for protein, fruits, and vegetables. She loves to read the food labels to know exactly what they are going to be purchasing. “I think we [parents] focus on ourselves and start diets for ourselves, but forget our kids. They have to eat healthy too.”
Sandra recommends the Health Coaching classes to everyone. She tells her friends how important it is to learn how to take care of their health. She would even love to take some of the classes offered to continue learning. Through new knowledge of healthy habits and someone to support her along the way Sandra received the greatest incentive there is: the power to change her life.