Health promotion in a general practice setting involves giving information and advice to patients so that they can be encouraged to stay healthy. It takes the form of immunisation programmes and efforts to prevent or delay the onset of diseases such as COPD, IHD, STIs and diabetes.
Promoting healthy lifestyles, ideally from a young age, can help in bridging the equality gap between those in society who are disadvantaged and others. Smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption are major risk factors for many diseases.
Here are some important areas in promoting good health
A healthy diet involves eating five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. Avoiding processed and fried food and eating fibre-rich meals is advocatedLearn more »
Remaining active is an important part of keeping healthy. At least thirty minutes of excercise five times a week is recommended by NICE.Learn more »
Excess alcohol intake is a risk factor in a a range of cancers, liver disease, gastritis, hypertension, ulcers and many other diseases.Learn more »
Smoking is a major risk factor in many diseases - including COPD, lung cancer, IHD, sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes and osteoporosis.Learn more »
Through health promotion we can achieve mental & psychological health. Whilst some stress is part of life, managing excess stress is important.Learn more »
Sexual health promotion helps individuals control & improve their sexual health & emotional well-being, avoid STDs HIV & unwanted pregnancies.Learn more »