October is Health Literacy Month! The idea behind health literacy is that all people should be able to understand information that helps them maintain good health. Many organizations, health care providers, government bodies, and businesses have made concerted efforts to increase health literacy by helping to educate people about health issues and by making sources of health information more understandable.
The Koshland Science Museum has a wealth of resources to help you become more health-literate:
- In our Food for Thought exhibit, learn how to apply dietary recommendations and test your knowledge about supplements.
- In our Life Lab, see the science of aging and human development and get insights on staying healthy through all of life’s stages.
- In our exhibit, Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health, track the spread of infectious diseases and learn the science of vaccines, treatments, and antibiotic resistance.
Other National Academies health literacy resources include the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy, the 2013 workshop summary “Health Literacy: Improving Health, Health Systems, and Health Policy around the World,” and the information graphic, “What makes a health literate organization?”