How does culture play a role in your targeted health behavior? Are there any cultural or spiritual reasons to how you approach health and wellness issues in your own life?

Write a ½ page journal entry that answers the following questions:

  • How does culture play a role in your targeted health behavior? Are there any cultural or spiritual reasons to how you approach health and wellness issues in your own life?
  • Have you ever had an experience where your cultural or spiritual beliefs clashed with someone providing health services or health care? Explain.
  • Update any progress and challenges relevant to your goal.readings:
  • Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Concepts of health promotion: Health promotion and prevention in practice.Baltimore, MD: Author.Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 18 minutes.

    Dr. Beilenson begins this media program by describing the types of prevention that are normally used in maintaining health or avoiding disease. Dr. Jeffery Levi provides examples of successful interventions used by various community programs. The other scholars, Dr. Gibson, Dr. Perlman, and Dr. Shaughnessy, explain the concept of evidence-based methodologies and interventions. They discuss various aspects of the patient-practitioner relationship, including the need for practitioners to be sensitive to the cultural background and spiritual beliefs of their patient.

    Note: As a reminder, additional Learning Resources for the week are listed below the Media Player. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the web page to view the complete list of Required and Optional Resources.

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  • Article: Berry-Cabán, C., & Crespo, H. (2008). Cultural competency as a skill for health care providers. Hispanic Health Care International6(3), 115-121.
  • Article: Blendon, R., Buhr, T., Cassidy, E., Perez, D., Hunt, K., Fleischfresser, C., et al. (2007). Disparities in health: Perspectives of a multi-ethnic, multi-racial America. Health Affairs, 26(5), 1437–1147.
  • Article: Dilworth-Anderson, P., Pierre, G., & Hilliard, T. S. (2012). Social Justice, Health Disparities, and Culture in the Care of the Elderly.Journal Of Law, Medicine & Ethics40(1), 26-32.
  • Article: Dooris, M. (2006). Health promoting settings: future directions. Promotion & Education, 13, 2–4.
  • Article: Hill, E. K, Alpi, K. M., & Auerbach, M. (2010). Evidence-Based Practice in Health Education and Promotion: A Review and Introduction to Resources. Health Promot Pract, 11, 358-366. First published on January 13, 2009.
  • Article: Institute of Medicine. (2002). Who will keep the public healthy? Educating public health professionals for the 21st Century.
  • Article: Juneau, C. E., Jones, C. M., McQueen, D. V., Potvin, L. (2011). Evidence-based health promotion: an emerging field. Global Health Promotion, 18(1), 79–89.
  • Article: The Provider’s Guide to Quality & Culture (n.d.). Common Beliefs & Cultural Practices. Retrieved from
Attachments: Journal Entry on Health Promotion Information
My current goal is to lose weight in order to prevent getting major chronic diseases such as Diabetes that start to show symptoms later in life. WebMD is one of the trusted sources that I will use in order to find health promotion information related to losing weight and diabetes. According to the analysis that was done for assignment two of this week, WebMD website is qualified to provide health information to consumers. This website is objective, Accurate, is unique in content and style and has the relevant credentials for a health informative website (Wilkas,2002). For example it has a HONcode icon at the bottom of the page that ensures the quality, and objectivity of the medical information presented to the audiences (Type 2 Diabetes, 2014).
Another source that I will be using is a website called “Medline Plus” by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This website has some unique features such as relevant videos, prevention and screening that may help me to find ways to screen for the disease in order to start the treatment process early since I am considered very high risk for this disease. The website also tells us about A1C testing that can give us accurate diagnosis for the disease. This website is updated on periodical bases (last update of the diabetes page was December 14, 2014), the contents are neutral in tone, and there is not a lot of advertisement seen on the website, which makes it a reliable source for me to consider (Wilkas, 2002).
By reading the WebMD page for diabetes disease I noticed that I have three of the major risk factors for the disease; individuals, who have low HDL cholesterol, are overweight and have family members who have diabetes type two are at increased risk for this disease (Type 2 Diabetes, 2014). And I realized the importance of continuing with exercising to lose weight in order to prevent getting this disease. I have accommodated exercising as a routine to my daily activities; running around my neighborhood for thirty minutes a day as a less costly way of exercising has helped me lose some weight. The biggest challenge to my goal has been replacing junk food such as chips with vegetables as I have a habit of snaking on chips and chocolates when taking a break from studies. But now that I have been away from my favorite snacks for a while I am getting used to my daily routines to lose some weight.
Diabetes: MedlinePlus. (2014, December 24). Retrieved December 29, 2014, from
Type 2 Diabetes: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, and More. (2014, March 2). Retrieved December 29, 2014, from
Wilkas, L. (2002). Scientific inquiry. Evaluating health web sites for research and practice. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 7(1), 38–41.

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