HEALTH LITERACY MONTH October 2013: Health Awareness MonthHigher Education Academic Librarians Teaching Health H.E.A.L.T.H.
WHY KNOW HEALTH?• According to the American Association (2004), 9 of 10 adults have difficulty using everyday health information.• 90 million Americans do not have the skills to know health information (Weiss, 2003).• Health literacy is a better predictor of health than age, income, employment, ethnicity, or education.• A survey by University of Minnesota Boynton Health Service: 29% surveyed at U of M – Twin Cities classified as overweight or obese.• The Center for Disease Control(2012) has found binge drinking increases the likelihood of multiple forms of violence, automobile accidents, pregnancy, and occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases.
WHAT’S THE POINT? To educate and stimulate interest in the subjects of: Nutrition Exercise Healthy and Unhealthy Habits Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle
WHAT DO YOU GET? More energy Feel better physically Be able to do better in class Better control weight Improve poor health
HOW WILL I KNOW I LEARNED? After participating in Health Literacy Month, you will be able to: Utilize health resources both on and off campus; Identify reliable health information; Engage in prevention, self-care, and self- management measures.
WHAT’S HAPPENING ON CAMPUS? Semi-weekly meetings and events Available to the first 200 students to register Campus expert – knowledgeable staff or faculty member Daily blog posts Open to everyone Postings on the weekly topic from experts at our university
Week 1: Nutrition Event Presentation: Different Diets October 1-6 Tuesday/Thursday Healthy Eating in College: Sample healthy alternatives in the cafeteria. Cafeteria 10: 00 am 4:00 pm Week 2: Exercise Event Tour of the University Gymnasium October 7-13 Monday/Wednesday Personal Trainer Demonstration Wellness Center Week 3: Habits Event Presentation: Learn about University Health Resources and Meet School October 14-20 Tuesday/Thursday Health Professionals University BallroomsWeek 4: Maintaining a Event Presentation: Stress Management Healthy Lifestyle Monday/Wednesday October 21-27 Counseling CenterWeek 5: Health Literacy Event Health Literacy Fair October 28-31 Thursday October 31 First Floor Library Commons
HOW DO I SIGN UP? Be among the first 200 to sign up! Register on the library website’s main page. Registration only $5! Sign up before September 20!
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE? WebMD – www.webmd.com Facts Resources American Medical Association. (2004). Harvard Medical School – Health Literacy. AMA-MSS Community Service Committee. http://www.ama- www.health.harvard.edu assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our- people/member-groups-sections/medical- student-section/community -service/health- Health Literacy Month – literacy.page. www.healthliteracymonth.org Weiss, B.D. (2003). Health Literacy: A Manual for Clinicians. American Medical Association/American Medical Association 5 Danger Zones of College Nutrition Foundation, – http://www.ncladvacacy.org/ http://sites.ewu.edu/goodchioces/2 University of Minnesota. (2007, November 012/01/25/the-5-danger-zones-of- 16). Report on Health and Habits of College Students Released. Science Dailey. college-student-nutrition/ Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200 7/11/071115125827.htm. Quick Guide to Health Literacy – CDC Office of Women’s Health. (2012). www.health.gov/communication/lite Health and Safety for College Students. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. racy/quickguide/factsbasic.htm Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/features/collegehealth /.