Act on Health

Act on Health

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Author(s):
Leanne Miller
01 Jan 1995
Pages:
36
ISBN:
9781848595279 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.14217/9781848595279-en

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Many of the attitudes and behaviours that impact on heath in later life are acquired during adolescence and early adulthood. At this age, young men and women quite rightly want to develop their own attitudes independently of older people. The sharing of information among young people themselves is therefore particularly important.

This handbook has been developed by young women and men for young people who want to promote positive attitudes to health issues among their peers. By providing a framework to develop these resources, the book is a useful tool to help young people to produce messages that have the most impact and relevance to their own lives and to those around them; reflecting their own culture, languages, values and concerns.
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  • Foreword

    Many of the attitudes and behaviours that impact on health in later life are acquired during adolescence and early adulthood. At this age, young men and women quite rightly want to develop their own attitudes independently of older people. The sharing of information among young people themselves is therefore particularly important.

  • Introduction

    Young people must play a key role in the development of any health education resources that are aimed at us. By being involved in meeting our information needs, we help to ensure that the messages and materials are appropriate and relevant. As a result, any resources produced are more likely to have an impact on our peers' behaviour.

  • Why Act on Health?

    Young people under 30 years of age make up more than half of the world's population. Many young people live in very different social settings to those which our parents and other elders experienced at a similar age.

  • Creating and Maintaining Effective Action (General Principles)

    Our challenge is to present messages about health issues to other young people.

  • Putting it All into Practice

    The material which follows is designed to help us take action to put the principles outlined in Section 2 into practice. As a guide on how to use this material, an example is shown using the problem of unwanted pregnancies. There is also a space to fill in our own example as we work through the material.

  • Testing and Evaluating Our Work

    This is an important part of any project or initiative, as it is our opportunity to examine the effectiveness of our strategy. Testing and evaluating our work ensures that our material does not miss the mark, and is not wasteful or risky. This is important because we do not want to alienate the intended audience or stir up opposition.

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