Good Health and Well-Being

Living Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Tony Wall, Ulisses Azeiteiro, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar

Health Education for Awareness and Behavioral Change and Influence

  • Rita CamposEmail author
  • Lúcia Fernandes
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69627-0_99-1

Synonyms

Definition

Health education comprises all experiences that can inspire changes in behavior leading to improved health and well-being and also improves health literacy, ultimately leading to a more conscious, empowered, and mobilized society (adapted from Nutbeam 2000). Health, as recognized by the World Health Organization, is “…a state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” and well-being is a state of dynamic equilibrium between the physical, mental, and social challenges faced by people and their capacity to cope with it (adapted from Dodge et al. 2012).

Health Education, Health Literacy, and Empowerment

Health promotion and disease prevention have been common goals in health education programs. After almost six decades, health campaigns have moved the focus from the transmission of information based on...

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Acknowledgments

RC and LF are supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT, Portugal): grants SFRH/BPD/110348/2015 and SFRH/BPD/79933/2011 (POCH funds from ESF and MCTES), respectively, and Contrato-Programa to RC (NT of the DL 57/2016 altered by Law 57/2017). The Biodiversity Workshops were developed within the framework of the program “CES vai à Escola” (“CES goes to School”; https://www.ces.uc.pt/extensao/cesvaiaescola/?id_lingua=2), funded by CES-UC via FCT (UID/SOC/50012/2013).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CES-UC – Centre for Social StudiesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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  • Mohamed Walid

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