What Is Health Promotion

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What is Health Promotion?
Grand Canyon University
Family Centered Health Promotion
NRS-429V
August 04, 2013

What is Health Promotion?
This paper will discuss the meaning of health promotion as defined in the textbook Health Promotion Throughout the Life Span. The author will also cover the purpose of health promotion in nursing practice as well as nursing responsibilities and roles that are evolving in health promotion. Lastly, the author will explain implementation methods for health promotion that encompasses all areas of nursing as well as comparing the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of health promotion prevention.
Health promotion can be defined in many ways. One definition from the textbook Health Promotion Throughout the Life Span defines it as “the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health” as well as “the process of advocating health in order to enhance the probability the personal (individual, family, and community), private (professional and business). And public (federal, state, and local government) support of positive health practices will become a societal norm (Edelman & Mandle, 2010).” If the term health promotion is broken down and defined individually then health is defined as the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit and promotion is defined as the act of furthering the growth or development of something (Merriam Webster, 2013).
In the nursing practice the purpose of health promotion is that of assisting the personal (individual, family, community) achieve optimal well being. In order for this to be successful the community needs to be involved and a framework needs to be built upon from the community knowledge of issues at hand. In the journal article titled Evolving Public Health Nursing Roles: Focus on Community Participatory Health Promotion and…...

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