Thursday, October 2, 2014

Food for Thought : Health Literacy Month October is Health Literacy Month.

This is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. Nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using the everyday health information that is routinely available in health care facilities, retail outlets and through other media. Not fully understanding your health care provider’s instructions can cost you money and have health consequences. This was first started in 1999, and has now grown to an annual worldwide awareness-raising event. This year’s theme is "Be a Literacy Hero" and encourages us all to take action and find ways to improve health communication. Here are a few ways to help you and your family increase their health literacy:
1 .   Make sure you take all of your medications to your next doctor’s visit with you. Ask your physician to go over all of your medications and supplements.

2 .  Ask questions. Keep asking questions until you understand the information. Although asking questions may not be easy, it can get you the information you need to take care of yourself and your family members.

3 .   Have another adult go with you. This can be especially important when you expect to receive important information. Also, offer to go to the doctor with a relative or friend when you know he/she may be receiving important news.

4 .  Make sure that those providing care to your children or elderly loved ones are familiar with all of their medication doses, timing, interactions and side effects.

Words of Wisdom :

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.


  1. Dad ,
    Thank you very much for this very important post . It's so important to understand about your medicines ... the HWW [How / Why / When] so many people take meds only because the doctor says so , they also need to know if their meds interact with each other and if the do , they are not getting the full results and again , I will point out , all meds are not to be taken at the same time so you can get the full benefit . Lots' of health care people don't tell you that because they are stress for time or just busy .

    Dad , it is also important for people to read and understand the pamphlets that come with their medications . Thank you for this very important post ... you are a winner in my ife ... love you to pieces .
    Your only daughter

    1. My dear daughter,
      I learned October was Health Literacy Month , I had to make a post on medicines . So many people take their medicines wrong , so maybe they will read the pamphlets that comes with their medicines or talk to their doctors or pharmacy .

      You can not depend on the health care system , something you have to do on your own , ask questions .
      You dear daughter is a winner in my life and you keep proving it over and over .
      You know you are so loved by me .

  2. Poppa , you have a good medicine post , Jerry said people will take all their medicines at one time and they do not do you good because they do not work well together . Aunt Mae has to take a medicine one time a week before breakfast and 30 minutes before her breakfast and other medicines . mama say everyone should read the papers that come with the medicine.
    We love you poppa and mama made 2 pies in the cake cabinet .
    Wrote by Jenny .

    1. Cubs , I do think you so very much and for you taking the time to read it .
      Listen to your dear mama because she is very wise beyond her years .
      I found the pies and did you know there is big cookies in there . Go have a ball , but ask mama first .
      Love you with all my heart .

  3. G.
    Your post is right on spot and may I add a very important message , always take your medications with water , not juices , coffee , tea , etc. ,
    Your choice of quotes this week is especially good ,the second one is for everyone .
    Keep up the good work .

    1. My dear Joanna ,
      Coming from a great writer like you , that means a lot to me .
      Of course you may add an important message , I think that is very good advice just to take your medicine with water . Thank you dear lady , I try to pick the ones that people need the most . I will stay as long as they want or need me .
      (Laughing my butt off)

  4. Hello G .
    This is a great post and meant for everyone . I didn't know that about medications , I thought all that matters was taking them each day , a lot I know .
    G. you are doing a great service for everyone .
    Harvey told me you are thinking about writing an entertainment post about what's happening and going on in all the casinos here , now that will be great .
    You have an inside source to all the entertainment .
    Keep up the good work , I know we don't keep food in HR but you can come to see us .
    Leave you know who at home (Gil) , boy he has shook everything up , but the employees are doing what they are hired to do . Love you wisdom quotes ,

    1. Hello Jean and Harvey ,
      My dear friend (Jean) and my cohort (Harvey) Now you know and I expect you to take your medicines the right way OK .
      I am thinking about writing about all the casinos and the entertainment , we have 7 and 1 racetrack and something is always going on their .
      I will also cover the movie business around the area . Harvey said he will be glad to help us . I will cover their main restaurants , they all have good food . Almost as good as ours (laughing my butt off) .
      I will let you know as soon as I know .


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