This website was for health promoters in the Avon Health Authority area such as nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers, foster carers as well as voluntary workers. It was alive and running from late 2000 to September 2002, it wasn’t that long at all.
It had some very intriguing information on it, which is one of the reasons why I decided to pull some of the content that was from wayback machine, and re-post some of it’s history. Below describes some of the services that they provided…
Health Promotion Specialists
Our Health Promotion Specialists gave support and advice to people involved in health education and health promotion. These included:
- nurses and doctors in hospital
- community settings students
- welfare officers
- communities and voluntary groups
- social workers and foster carers
- professionals working with people with learning difficulties
- occupational health
- staff youth workers
They ran health promotion programmes, usually in partnership with other organisations. They also:
- supported and developed personal, social and health education in schools
- provided support and help to communities whose health needs are greatest
- ran projects in specific settings such as the ‘Health Promoting Hospital’ award for good practice in promoting patient and staff health
- worked with social services departments to develop health promotion policy and training programmes for staff and foster carers
Resource and Information Centres
They had five Resource and Information Centers and everyone was welcome to use any of them. They provided:
- Free leaflets and posters on a wide range of health topics (provided you work in their area)
- Books, journals, videos and teaching packs
- Displays, models of body parts, audio-visual and other equipment for loan or reference
- They had resources in minority languages and resources suitable for people with learning difficulties
- Asked for a free catalog that listed the audio visual aids and teaching materials on offer
They offered a range of training for people who were involved in promoting health. Courses included:
- stop-smoking skills
- healthy eating
- sexual health
- health education displays
- health education in schools
- Health Promotion Foundation course
If you would like to receive details of the training courses, contact (0117) 975 8010.
Joyce Howarth is the Health Promotion Specialist who works on health issues relating to people with learning difficulties. You can contact Joyce on Mondays and Tuesdays:
tel: (0117) 975 8002
fax: (0117) 975 8011
Health Promotion Service Avon Introductory Sessions
These 2-hour sessions provided a brief look at the work of the Health Promotion Service Avon and included a guided tour of the Resource Center.
If you would like to know more, contact (0117) 975 8013 or your nearest Resources and Information Center.
The purpose of Health Promotion Service Avon is to improve the health of local people and to reduce health inequalities.
We will do this by:
- working with groups with highest health need
- working in partnership with others
- working towards equal opportunities in service delivery
- ensuring our work is based on evidence of effectiveness
- developing the ability of people to make informed choices about their health
- creating supportive environments where healthier choices are easier
Below I have posted some important links that include information such as skin cancer, nutrition, sexual health, mental health, and so much more… Check them out, you won’t be disappointed.
As a health promotion specialist in the Avon Health Authority, my job is to educate individuals and promote a healthy lifestyle. Health promotion specialists basically get paid to tell others how to be healthy for a living. Yes, it’s pretty fun, and yes, my family is relieved I have other people to tell how to be healthy now.
Health promotion specialists are also called ‘health improvement specialists’ since they work to improve people’s health by educating them. It’s a good fit for a job if you’re interesting in all of the things that make a human being healthy and want to help others empower themselves and improve their lives! I used to be overweight and unhealthy, but my self education about health helped me learn more and become interested in health. Who would have thought the kid who never played sports would become a health promotion specialist?
I should also mention that Health Promotion Service Avon is a good go to resource if you want to know more about your health! So let’s get into the basics of what you can do to be healthy, or at least healthier! Every little bit counts.
A Healthy Diet
Healthy eating and a healthy diet are very important for overall health. People’s health often depends on what they eat — remember that saying, “You are what you eat”? That phrase does not mean that you will turn into a banana if all you eat is bananas, it means that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. If you eat junk food, your body may run into some troubles.
Ideally, you will diversify your diet so that you’re eating a range of foods, from nuts to vegetables to fruits, grains, and dairy. Minimize the sugar and trans fat intake if you can, and avoid hydrogenated oils. Essentially, the more processed your food is, the worse it is for you. Which would be typically better, raw broccoli or a fast food hamburger?
The broccoli is a whole food and the burger contains multiple pieces, some of which are more processed than others (the chopped lettuce and tomato are likely the least processed foods on that burger). Eating healthy means eating in a balanced way and trying to have the good food you eat outweigh the bad!
Prevent Skin & Breast Cancer
You should do your utmost to prevent developing skin and breast cancer as well. Wear sunscreen and a hat when going outdoors and try to avoid extended time under the sun. Make sure that you avoid getting color or burned as well. Too much sun exposure could lead to an increased risk of skin cancer.
As for breast cancer, get screened! A yearly mammogram can help you find out if you have breast cancer early. There are also genetic tests you can do to see how likely you are to get breast cancer.
It’s important to be aware of sexual health. It’s imperative that people of all ages use protection when engaging in intercourse. A condom is the most popular method used. This isn’t just to avoid becoming pregnant, it’s also to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections and other nasty afflictions.
Women should also use a form of birth control in addition to a condom if they do not wish to conceive a child. It’s also important to remember that sexual partners can be abusive or unhealthy for us; contact a counselor if you are currently embroiled in a situation you do not believe to be healthy for you.
Avoid Alcohol & Smoking
Smoking-related diseases kill millions of people worldwide every year, and the numbers from alcohol-related deaths are nothing to sneeze at either. The fact of the matter is that smoking and drinking are two of the unhealthiest habits you can have. Yet a huge percentage of the population engages in them every day.
Drinking more than one drink a day can cause you to be at risk for a number of diseases that you would not be normally, and combining smoking & drinking actually makes the effects of the other one worse. Hard to believe it could get worse, isn’t it? Smoking tobacco or using tobacco in other forms also puts you at higher risk for developing diseases, illness, and death.
Health Tips :
- Use smoking cessation products to help you quit smoking if you need help.
- Bag up veggie sticks in the fridge so eating healthy snacks is easier!
- Try to change from hard liquor to red wine if you can (it’s healthier).
- Always use protection in intercourse or abstain.
- Reduce stress by doing an activity you love on a weekly basis at the very least.
Do your best to be and stay healthy. You don’t have to be the Superman of healthiness, you just have to be yourself and make an effort. It may be a pain to do, but I promise it’s worth it.