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Communicating effectively across cultures is important for public health professionals. People’s ideas about health and illness can vary by cultural group and sub-group, and can affect which health literacy skills are considered culturally necessary. When communicating with diverse cultural groups, public health professionals should be aware of and adjust for linguistic differences, beliefs, values, customs, and behaviors that can affect if the audience receives your intended message.

Here are some tips to make sure you and your materials are well understood:

  • Try not to treat culture as a negative or barrier that must be overcome. Your cultural background may not be the same as your audience’s, but you can learn about and adjust for language, beliefs, and customs as you would for other factors, such as age or gender, that might affect how the audience interprets the messages.
  • If your messages aren’t in the audience’s preferred language, consider if interpretation of oral information, translation of written materials, or a complete redesign to address cultural differences is necessary.
  • Adapt messages and materials for the literacy and numeracy skills people have in their preferred language.
  • Refer to the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards as you plan your communication strategy.

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Ever thought about going green? If every person can do something for the Earth, we would greatly reduce our impact on the environment. It’s important to be aware of our human footprints because we can’t use too much of the limited natural resources. Over-production, harmful chemicals, un-recyclable products, and trashes has damaged our Earth and will continue to harm our environment. It has dramatically affected animals and plants in terms of their homes and their own species. Therefore, it is better and wise for people to try to save the Earth by using sustainable and recyclable resources.

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  • Bring your own recyclable/fabric bags to shop for groceries. It will help reduce plastic waste in the environment and you can use it over and over again. If it’s too much, there is the alternative to use the store provided paper bags.
  • Recycle what you can! Don’t forget about recycling common things such as papers, cans, cardboards, electronics, etc.
  • Purchase organic food when possible and support your local grocery stores/farmers. Not everyone can afford organic food since it is pricier in the U.S. But when possible, it is best to support those who have or produce chemical/hormone free products. It will be beneficial to your body as there is no/less toxins/chemicals/hormones that could affect your health.
  • Carpool with people or ride public transportation. It will help reduce the amount of carbon monoxide a.k.a the gas automobiles produce when burning gas, to transfer into the atmosphere. We can all decrease the rate of global warming by sharing vehicles.
  • Grow your own produces! If you have a green thumb or want to help the environment, it is always possible to have your own little garden. Seeds are widely available in great prices and it doesn’t take much time or space to plant them. You don’t have to be an expert at gardening, but just have the time and patience.
  • Compost your food waste. It would bring great fertile soil to your garden and you would not have to worry about wasting food. It’s not necessary, but will help decrease food waste in the environment.
  • Do chores the old fashion way! Sweep the floor with a broom, air dry your clothes if possible, and wash your dishes instead of using a dishwasher, etc. It is more time consuming and takes more energy, but it’ll be worth it.
  • Use energy saving objects in your daily life. It’s great to have or buy products that has energy saving features such as compact fluorescent bulb, energy efficient appliances, extra insulation, insulating blinds, solar panels, storm doors and windows, and water saving fixtures.
  • Reduce your water consumption. It’s great that we are provided with clean waters to use and drink. But it does come with a price because clean water doesn’t come for free. About 70% of Earth is covered in water and approximately 97% of it is salt water. We can’t drink salt water so it’s wise for us to conserve our fresh water as much as possible and not put harmful pollution in them.
  • Make things from scratch! You can always make things from scratch if you really don’t want any harmful things in your food/clothes/things. It can be quite hard to find the resources, but a fun project to try out. And it doesn’t have to be anything amazingly hard to do/make.
  • Have you thought about your own human footprint? Here is a website that lets you take a quiz to determine how many Earths necessary to support everyone if they followed your steps:

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Even though it is the holiday and everyone is eating crazy, always try to eat something healthy per day. These are some options that you can sneak in before your holiday dinner, before, swap with deserts, or as snacks.


Fruits are sweet and fun to eat. There are variety amount which you can chose from.

1. Banana - 110 calories, Potassium, Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B-6

2. Apple – 116 calories, Vitamin A and C, fiber, Potassium

3. Grapes – 61 calories (of 1 cup), Vitamin K and C, Potassium, Magnesium

4. Strawberries – 49 calories, Vitamin C, Calcium, Fiber

5. Oranges – 62 calories, Vitamin C, Potassium, Thiamin, Fiber


Vegetables aren’t the first option to eat during the holidays, but if you can eat them whether in a salad or just a quick snack, it’s helping your body.

1. Lettuce – 5 calories, Vitamin A, K, and C, Iron, Fiber

2. Spinach – 7 calories, Vitamin A and C, Calcium, Iron

3.  Broccoli – 50 calories, fiber, Vitamin A and C, Iron,

4. Tomatoes – 22 calories, Vitamin A, B-6, B-12, and C, Calcium, Iron, Fiber

5. Carrots – 25 calories, Vitamin A, C, and B-6, Calcium, Iron

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I went to my schools carnival and what I saw

I saw a girl in the bathroom at school

Puffy eyes and tears all down her face

I asked her whats wrong and she said to not tell

She said shes too fat and she doesn’t fit in

she said people will make fun of her if shes seen

She was not fat not even a little so I told her that

she looked shocked and looked at me like I was lying and she said

have you not seen the girls in the magazines?

I told her that the girls in the magazines are not perfect

a lot are photoshopped too she still didn’t believe me and just left.

It was sad that the media made people feel so insecure and sad.

Maybe one day people will realize that everybody’s different

and its not bad.

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A girl that struggles with obesity

Is wishfully thinking

In a dark room

On a cold winter night

Because she’s doesn’t have the courage

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Who: A sad obese asian man, wanting to lose weight but can’t anymore

What: His girlfriend left him that day, because he wasn’t listening

Where: At the park, on a bright sunny day, after their 3rd month

Why: Because he was obese and he wasn’t helping himself at all

When: After weeks of trying to make him lose weight, she was tried of trying

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A teen girl going crazy

crying very hard

in here room looking in the mirror

on friday night

she not fit like a model

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