Health Promotion Essay

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Nursing Health Promotion Health promotion, as defined by the World Health Organization, “is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions.” (WHO, 2012) Health Promotion does not rely solely on one discipline of health but is rather a multidisciplinary scope that intertwines health education and health interventions. The goal of health promotion is to enhance value in health, lessen the health risks, advocate for healthy lifestyles and settings, and respond to the underlying determinants of health. (WHO, 2012) Health promotion it not limited to an individual but can be implemented widely through communities as well. Health Promotion in Nursing Practice
Health promotion education practiced in the communities can positively affect the communities’ health and nurses contribute to this result.
“The International Council of Nurses (ICN) (2009) reported that health-promoting actions performed by nurses working in diverse settings provide ideal opportunities for health promotion with a goal of creating healthy homes, schools, cities and workplaces. Individually and through national associations, nurses, along with other healthcare providers, can be effective in paving the road for good health through health promotion.” (Jadelhack, 2012)
Nurses’ can educate their patients on the important lifestyle changes that include smoking cessation, implementing an exercise regimen, vaccinations, dietary changes, etc all of which can contribute to the prevention of health problems such as obesity, hypertension, coronary artery disease, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. The General Nursing Directorate (GND) addressed the following goals for primary health care centers on behalf of the nursing profession
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