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Influences on the Health of Individuals

The ability to be healthy is influenced by many factors—some of our choosing, and some not. This program examines how individual, sociocultural, socioeconomic, and environmental factors impact people’s lives and what individuals can do to positively shape their health, both in the present and for the future. Topics range from modifiable and non-modifiable determinants of health, to how education and a good attitude can improve health, to the potentially positive or negative influences of family, peers, and the media on health. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. A part of the series Understanding Personal Health. (18 minutes)

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Determinants of Health
Health is determined by a number of interrelated factors: non-modifiable and modifiable factors. Age, gender, and genetic make-up influence health.