Institute for Healthcare Advancement Releases 'What To Do For Your Teen's Health' Self-Help Book

Institute for Healthcare Advancement Releases 'What To Do For Your Teen's Health' Self-Help Book

t a time when health care providers are seeking ways to simplify medical information for patients, a new self-help health book, "What to Do For Your Teen's Health", published by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) was released this week to help low-literate parents with an array of teen issues, ranging from eating disorders to cyberbullying to drug use. Its easy-to-read content gives all parents, especially those who are reading-challenged, access to vital information about their teen's health and safety.

Research in the health literacy field indicates that only 12% of the U.S. adult population is considered "proficient" in health literacy. Part of the reason healthy literacy is so low is because most healthcare information is written at reading levels beyond the recipient's ability to understand. To bridge the gap in health literacy, this book takes complex medical facts on teen health issues and makes them understandable to a wide range of readers.

Authored by Gloria Mayer, R.N. and Ann Kuklierus, R.N., "What To Do For Your Teen's Health", is the latest edition in the Institute for Healthcare Advancement's (IHA) best-selling "What To Do For Health" series. The book is presented with large print and generous line spacing, using common conversational words without the use of medical jargon. Written in plain language, the text is based on short, active sentences and single syllable words. It provides action-oriented "What to Do" sentences, complemented by simple illustrations to make it easy for readers to understand and put the new information to use right away. Each topic is presented in a logical, step-by-step format that answers the most common and important questions from parents. Readers will be alerted to a variety of at-risk teen issues, including eating disorders, violence and bullying, depression, suicide, cutting and self-injury, rape, safer sex, alcohol, drugs, tattoos, gangs, and more.

Along with the rest of the "What To Do For Health" series, which have provided positive results, there are a number of goals and outcomes pinpointed as an outcome of distribution: increased academic attendance and success, decreased teen pregnancy, diminished STD spread, and lessened use of drugs, alcohol, smoking, and gang-related activities among teens whose parents received the book. In this vein, "What To Do For Your Teen's Health" targets health care organizations and public agencies, who can readily distribute the book, as well as parent groups and individual families.

"Despite the sensitive nature of these issues, many healthcare providers often give families non-specific health instructions," said co-author Ann Kuklierus, R.N. "As a result, many parents, already saddled with a communication disconnect with their preteen or teen, often walk out of the office just as confused as when they walked in. The challenge of low literacy further impacts how parents understand the information being presented; this easy-to-use book provides parents with the needed tools to help them work with their teen to resolve problems together."

"What To Do For Your Teen's Health", priced at $12.95 for individual copies, can be purchased in large quantities at a discounted rate through IHA's website. For more information or to order the book, call (800) 434-4633 or go to www.iha4health.org/books.

The "What To Do For Health" book series includes "What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick", "What To Do When You're Having A Baby", "What To Do For Senior Health"," What To Do For Healthy Teeth", "What To Do When Your Child Has Asthma", and "What To Do When Your Child Is Heavy". All are available on the IHA website in English, Spanish and additional languages.

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement is a La Habra-based non-profit healthcare organization dedicated to empowering people to better health. It is nationally recognized for its efforts in health literacy and provides healthcare information through its various publishing efforts, annual continuing education health literacy conference, and its Health Literacy Rewrite/Redesign Service. The organization is headquartered at 501 S. Idaho St., La Habra, CA 90631; 1-800-434-4633. For more information, visit us at www.iha4health.org, www.facebook.com/iha4health.org, www.twitter.iha4health.org.