Integrating Health Protection Strategies and Approaches in the Maintenance of Health-Promoting Behaviours in the 21st Century
Keywords:health protection, healthy behaviours, large scale public health
Health promotion and health protection might seem synonymous, but in actual sense, they are different as the former encourages healthy behaviours, and the latter prevents health and safety dangers. Health promotion and health protection work individually, and collaboratively, to impact health. Health promotion addresses large scale public health concerns, beginning with the well-being of each individual. Health promotion activities are those which seek to modify the behavior of individuals by improving the choices that affect society at large. The primary goal of health promotion is to decrease the risk of illness or disease and improve overall health; whilst health protection is concerned with preventing the spread of communicable diseases by establishing minimum standards, often in the form of regulations e.g. Covid-19 protocols. Health protection is often managed by the public sector.