Ottawa Charter Analysis

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THE OTTAWA CHARTER AND CVD The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion is a document that represents a global approach to health promotion by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It consists of five action areas. 1. Developing Personal Skills 2. Creating Supportive Environments 3. Strengthening Community Action 4. Reorientating Health Services 5. Building Healthy Public Policy In Combating Cardiovascular Disease and increasing peoples awareness of the disease we have to take into account all areas of the Ottawa Charter. Developing Personal Skills This involves allowing individuals to develop their own personal and life skills through the use of information and resources. In gaining skills, informed decisions can…show more content…
There are a number of fun and participative programs put in place across Australia. These focus on helping people become more aware of CVD and raising money to help curative and preventative measures relating to CVD. These programs promote CVD through exercise, and use this to voice exercise as a thing that can reduce the risk of developing the disease. These programs include ‘City to Surf’, ‘Bike it - you’ll like it’ and ‘Jump rope for heart’. ‘Bike it you’ll like it’ is an initiative of Ashfield and Leichhardt Councils in partnership with Central Sydney Area Health Service extensively promoting the health and personal benefits of cycling in local areas. People, pay a small fee to enter and this money goes to help CVD sufferers. All of these programs work on the same basis with City to surf promoting jogging and Jump rope for Heart promoting skipping. Aside from these, strengthening community action can be done through things such as offering community-cooking classes to educate people on how to take control over their own health through cooking healthier meals. If people know how to cook nutritious foods there is a great chance that they can reduce risk factors associated with…show more content…
In relation to CVD, there has been legislation put in place to help prevent the risk factors associated with CVD. These include the compulsory nutritional labeling of all food and non-smoking legislation. The nutritional labeling of food helps to prevent CVD by giving us the information we need to make an informed decision. By doing this we are able to buy nutritious foods that in the long term will help decrease the risk of developing CVD. Non- Smoking legislation has appeared in public places such as restaurants, pubs and clubs. This legislation is put in place to reduce one of the main risk factors associated with CVD, tobacco smoking. By implementing this legislation not only are the people who smoke tobacco being helped in reducing CVD but also the people who passively breathe in the smoke in these areas. There are also a number of policies that focus on preventing CVD. One of these is the healthy canteen policy at schools. All schools have to be conscientious when purchasing food items for their canteen so that the school has healthy nutritious foods available to their students. This policy helps to promote healthy eating amongst

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