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HLTH 101 Chapter 2: HLTH101 Week 2 Notes: Readings and Viewings

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Queen's University
Health Studies
HLTH 101
Elaine Power

HLTH101 Week 2 Notes Readings: A Healthy Society, Meili (pg. 9-39): • For many years we used GDP to examine how our politicians were doing. This is “insensitive” to how whether or not that economic activity is contributing to the wellbeing of society. • “Health is a better measure of success than material wealth” • Canadian index of well being: begun tracking and providing unique insights into the quality of life of Canadians in eight interconnected categories that truly matter: standard of living, our health, the vitality of our communities, our education, allocation of time, our participation in the democratic process, the state of our arts, culture and recreation and quality of our environment. • While the GDP increased 31% from 1994-2008, the quality of life only increase 11%. This shows how connected well-being is to income and education • Household income continues to be one of the best predictors of future health status. • The more income, the better health, true in all age groups, for both men and women (the converse is also true). • Physical afflictions, per Dr. Stu Skinner are distractions from the real disease, and are known as “the end stage of poverty”. • “If we truly want a healthy society we need to build a political movement with health as its focus. • “the notion that health and illness are determined by life circumstances is not new” • in order of impact the factors that make the biggest difference in ones health are: 1. Income 2. Education 3. Social support networks 4. Employment and working conditions 5. Early childhood development 6. Physical environment 7. Personal health practices and coping skills 8. Genetic factors 9. Health services 10. Gender 11. Culture 12. Mass media technology (Television, lack of physical activity) • “When we address inadequate housing… then we can dramatically improve health outcomes” • SDOH can be changed by changing public policy • Violence, racism, sexual exploitation and substance abuse are only a few of the many symptoms of ongoing poverty. • The statistics about where peop
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