Health Literacy and Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Doris E. Gillis, Nicola J. Gray

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Information intended to persuade people to make healthy lifestyle choices abounds from lay and professional, public and private sources within and beyond formal health systems. Positioning the relevant importance of the individual and the broader society in supporting personal health behaviours is central to public health policy and health literacy efforts aimed at improving health outcomes. This chapter examines the multidimensional concepts of health literacy and healthy lifestyle choices within two policy contexts, the United Kingdom and Canada, and from our respective fields of practice, pharmacy and nutrition. By drawing on the literature and examples from our research, we explore ideas about health literacy and the responsibility of individuals for using information to make and act upon an informed choice pertaining to their personal health behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Literacy in Context
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives
EditorsDeborah L. Begoray, Doris Gillis, Gillian Rowlands
PublisherNova Science Publishers Inc
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781619429352
ISBN (Print)9781619429215
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name Public Health in the 21st Century
PublisherNova Science Publishers


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