I am very much interested in being a health educator whereby my role in the society would be to design, conduct and evaluate activities that would improve the well-being and health of the society. In order for me to achieve my ambition, I would need to earn my Masters in Health Education.
Getting my Masters would allow me to design and conduct better activities for the society and increase health awareness especially starting from schools. I would like to ensure that kids are aware of the importance of health and encourage them to take care of themselves from a younger age.
As highlighted by the NCHEC, I would have to start by taking Responsibility I, Competency B which is to assess individual and community needs for health education and to distinguish between behaviors that foster and those that hinder well-being. These includes several sub-competencies such as to examine various factors that influence health behaviors, followed by identifying behaviors that tend to support or compromise health, as well as to know the importance of learning and affective experiences to shape better patterns of health behaviors.
‘Health’ is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being whereas ‘Behavior’ is something that people do or try not to do on a regular basis unconsciously. The term ‘Health Behavior’ can be defined as actions and habits that relates to maintaining, restoring or improving one’s health conditions.
Among some of the different health behaviors are preventive and protective behavior whereby one takes measures to be healthy and to refrain from being sick. This includes behaviors such as eating meals that are good for the body, exercising and so on. Another type of behavior is the illness behavior whereby one is unsure of whether or not they are sick and aren’t sure whether they should take medicines or not. Sick-role behavior is another type of behavior of a person who has already been diagnosed as being sick and is being treated for their sickness.
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