Glossary H

Health is the absence of disease or infirmity, coupled with a complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being; the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being; not simply the absence of infirmity or disease.

Health behavior model refers to a theoretical model that proposes that the relationship between a hostile predisposition and health is mediated by the performance (or lack of performance) of health behaviors rather than by the physiological aspects of stress .

Health behaviors is defined as behaviors undertaken by people to enhance or maintain their health, such as exercise or the consumption of a healthy diet.

Health belief model refers to a theory of health behaviors. The model predicts that whether a person practices a particular health habit can be understood by knowing the degree to which the person perceives a personal health threat and the perception that a particular health practice will be effective in reducing that threat.

Health disparities refer to differences in health that are not only unnecessary and avoidable, but in addition, are considered unfair and unjust.

Health education refers to a term for the collection of efforts to teach people to limit behaviors detrimental to their health and increase behaviors that are conducive to health. Health educators pay attention to a range of factors including the individual, interpersonal relationships, institutions, community , and public policy.

Health expectancy is defined as the period of life that a person spends free from disability .

Health habit is defined as a health-related behavior that is firmly established and usually performed automatically, such as taking vitamins regularly, exercise regularly, buckling a seat belt or brushing one's teeth.

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