Introduction to Health Promotion covers foundations of health promotion, health education, and disease prevention. It gives readers a working knowledge of health promotion concepts and methods and their application to health and health behaviors. The book places special emphasis on the philosophical and theoretical foundations of health promotion, specific theories of health promotion, and how understanding health behavior theory can assist individual to global health and wellness. Written by a professor with 20 years' experience teaching this topic and conducting research in the field, this book covers the key words and terms important to or frequently used in health promotion such as health, wellness, disease prevention, health disparity. It discusses the philosophical foundations of health promotion, and the history of health and health promotion. It explains how health and health status are measured, and how to apply behavior change theories and planning models commonly used in the field of health promotion. It also covers demographic and societal changes that will influence future health promotion, as well as how to research and write about current issues regarding health and health promotion, such as nutrition, physical activity, immunizations, etc as part of a group. A chapter is dedicated to professions and credentials available in the health promotion field.
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