Health is a discipline in my interdisciplinary program. Applied nutrition to healthy living and principles of health are two of my classes that are both intertwined into the health field of my major. Women’s health is another class I will take to help me understand the health of specifically women, in their daily lives while also taking an interest in looking at women’s health during pregnancy and after giving birth. In Disciplines as Social Communities by Shelby Chapman, it states “Looking back it makes so much more sense that they were able to make lesson plans based off each other’s knowledge and experience.” The nutrition discipline of my program allows me to learn about the world of nutrition, physical activity and a positive and healthy mentality through multiple different professors who are teaching me about health from different perspectives and information. There are so many different networks, connections and people of the nutrition field on twitter. They give different advice to live a healthier lifestyle and talk about the benefits of certain foods and staying active. People come together through hashtags, talking about specific problems. I tweeted about women’s health on international women’s day and got numerous responses from strangers who were passionate about the same subjects.
The epistemology of health is using research and case studies to understand what makes people healthy, or unhealthy. Finding common denominators that people possess who have the same illnesses. Incorporating small health goals into daily lives to create potential long term health benefits. Educating and creating awareness about healthy lifestyles to precent excess costs in health care. The content of health is health literacy, nutrition, wellness, psychology, anatomy, genetics, biomedical, culture, socioeconomic status and financial status. The methods of health are quantitative and qualitative research, interviews, case studies, statistics, and peer reviewed journals.
Health is overall the nutrients we put into our body and how they relate to our growth, wellness, sickness, reproduction and overall well being. It takes a look at the differences in moderate to vigorous activity and the health benefits of those for the different age groups. Health is looking at mental health and the importance of a healthy mindset. Learning what we can do to achieve a positive mindset, such as eliminating stress or negativity in your life is important. Health is looking at the research and information collected and being able to compare that research and information to the guidelines of what a health human is for that age group. A positive mindset also intertwines with learning stress management strategies and how eliminating stress can also have positive physical contributions along with mental ones. There are numerous organizations that give plenty of information about health such as the World Health Organization, US Department of Health and Human Services, and American Medical Association.
Some benefits of interdisciplinary that apply to health is that I can cross examine how nutrition positively and negatively affects the cognitive, mental, and physical aspects of a developing child, or an expecting mother. Nutrition is also an important component with physical activity. The interdisciplinary program allows me to apply nutrition and different aspects of the health field, and combine them in a unique way that is not already structured by the university.
Psychology and nutrition are two multidisciplinaries in the health field. These are two disciplines that can be intertwined in the health field. An example would be how eating healthy can make you feel better, give you a better outlook on life, feel more confident and therefore have more of a healthier mindset. Women’s health and prenatal health are two interdisciplinaries in the health field that intertwine as well. Florence Nightingale is a strong women figure known for improving the world of modern nursing.
The health and human performances program at Plymouth State University has a variety of different majors and minors offered to students. From athletic training to health education and promotion, students can pick their specific discipline in the health field that interests them. The health discipline is just one of the few disciplines in my interdisciplinary program and helps me to understand how to lead a healthier lifestyle while trying to influence others to as well.