All about Health Literacy

As individual consumers you need to understand the potential affects of “choices” on your health. Regarding health, healthy living and medical care, the term most applicable to understanding information pertinent to making wise choices is education, more precisely, health education or Health Literacy (HL).

In 2006 the National Center for Education Statistics published results of a recent health education related study. The Health Literacy of America’s adults was reported using four performance levels: Below Basic, Basic, Intermediate, and Proficient. The majority of adults (53 percent) had Intermediate Health Literacy. About 22 percent had Basic Health Literacy, and 14 percent had Below Basic Health Literacy, with only 12 percent at the Proficient level. Proficient Health Literacy is the ability to clearly understand medical terminology, associated data, medical product and service options, diseases and how they affect you, alternatives to diagnosis and treatment, and side effects of treatments. Additionally, the medical consumer should understand injury and disease prevention related to genetics, environmental risk factors, nutrition and lifestyle.

Relationships between Health Literacy and personal background (such as level of education, age, race/ethnicity, health information resources, and medical care access) were also examined.  Among other findings, adults with Below Basic or Basic health literacy were less likely than adults with higher health literacy to get information about health issues from written materials, being more likely to be informed by radio and television sources. While there are biases in all information sources, commercial radio and television are named for their purposes – delivery of sponsored product information intended to produce sales.

Our team has the education and experience needed to help you make healthy personal choices related to nutrition, other consumables, fitness related activities and medical care options. We will also help you encourage your primary care provider to look at medical information differently (as needed) and to assist you in making wiser single event and recurrent decisions regarding your medical care. The result of your advancing to Health Literacy proficiency will be improved health, fitness and cost savings related to improved health and better use of medical care dollars.

We will help you markedly improve your HL with unique learning strategies, as well as by contributing to your awareness and understanding of new health-related and medical care information presented to the market and from much less easily accessible sources.  If diligent and vigorous in your application of our strategies, as well as attentive to supplementary information, you will be healthier, more fit and should experience year-over-year medical care related savings. You can become HL-proficient independent of us. Or, complement your development and expedite your improvement by working with us as your health and medical care coaches.

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