October: Health Literacy Month

Navigating through medical speak, appointments, nutrition and today’s healthcare can be a daunting challenge. Even those in the medical field can be left asking questions and wanting direction when it comes to their own health and well-being. “Health Literacy” is the ability to read, understand and act on health information. When healthcare issues are communicated, there is a huge gap between the provider and the ability for most people to understand them.

The month of October is dedicated to opening the lines of communication and understanding health information better. A shocking 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using routine health information. When people struggle to understand their medical condition, it can often lead to skipping necessary tests, not taking prescribed medications, and therefore have a much harder time managing a condition like diabetes or high blood pressure.

Fortunately, many providers are taking action to improve and helping them is the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. This plan gives providers and facilities better tools to help educate and deliver messages to their patients. The goal for Health Literacy Month is to make health literacy a public priority.

*information taken from Health Tradition.com

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