Preventing Heart Disease in Community. Watch this Video

This has got to be one of the best talks I have heard about Chronic Diseases and the ways in which to prevent heart disease and diabetes. It highlights the fact that Chronic illnesses are social illnesses and that they can only be combated in community, working together, through peer-support.

What an inspiring talk!

I highly encourage you to see it if you are interested and invested in public health education and the important role peer-education plays in prevention of Cardiovascular Health!

Prevention is not going to happen in the Doctor’s rooms – it’s all about changing our lifestyles and behaviors. Changing the choices we make – everyday. Taking it a day at a time.

I really liked the fact that Mark Hyman, a Jewish Doctor collaborated with a Christian pastor, Rick Warren to start The Daniel Plan in Rick’s church, Saddleback. Read more about this life-changing plan right here. They began this healthy living program in the church’s small groups and together they lost 250 000 pounds. Now that is impressive!

We need to fight heart disease in community. Thank you to my husband, David for sending me this video and also for being that amazing support to living a healthy life.

I keep thinking of that High School Musical song – ‘We’re all in this together’

We’re all in this together
Once we know
That we are
We’re all stars
And we see that
We’re all in this together
And it shows
When we stand
Hand in hand
Make our dreams come true

Together, together, together everyone
Together, together, come on lets have some fun
Together, were there for each other every time
Together together come on lets do this right

Yes to heart health! Health Communication matters!! 🙂

Valuable Social Media Toolkit

“A guide to using social media to improve reach of health messages, increase access to your content, further participation with audiences and advance transparency to improve health communication efforts.” – August 2010, updated in July 2011  

A few weeks ago I came across this valuable resource online by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and their Office of the Associate Director for Communication. It is filled with tools and resources for health organsations and non-profits to make use. The CDC showcases their Social Media campaign for their Vital Signs campaign, which is very useful.

I was especially interested to see an example of a Social Media Communications Strategy and Evaluation Worksheet, especially since there has been a shift to focus on the scientific evidence of health communication interventions and evaluations. Enjoy reading through this FREE resource, I know I will!

If you are in the Health Communications field, contact me. Let’s stay in conversation, share ideas and learn from one another.