October is Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month

Date posted: October 6, 2014

Health literacy is an essential life skill for everyone.

According to the Intersectoral Approach to Improving Health Literacy for Canadians  , a health literate individual is able to:

  • 1) understand and carry out instructions for self-care, including administering complex daily medical regimens,
  • 2) plan and achieve the lifestyle adjustments required for improved health,
  • 3) make informed positive health-related decisions,
  • 4) know how and when to access health care,
  • 5) share health promoting activities with others,
  • 6) address health issues in the community and society.

Earlier this year, the Canadian Public Health Agency published online Examples of Health Literacy in Practice. It outlines initiatives from across Canada that demonstrate a variety of ways that health literacy can be addressed. And, the examples highlight the fact that health literacy awareness is necessary for those who produce and distribute information as well as those who access the information.

To learn more about health literacy, read our Health Literacy Fact Sheet  and visit our Health Literacy resource list .

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