Healthy Living Guides for Behavior Change

It is often assumed that if people provide information, products such as vaccines or hand pumps or health services, they will support healthier education. However, information, products, and services are often not enough to get new adoption agreements (behavior change).

Behavior Change
It is important to provide more than sending information. The Healthy Life Guide should be used in consultation with children, families, communities and social networks. Their participation is very important to influence changes and social support for children's rights. Use of a Healthy Life Guide as a communication aid:
  • Pay attention to the wishes of the child, family and community on various topics in the Healthy Life Guide.
  • Communicating a variety of messages and information supporting Healthy Living Guides in an interesting, constructive and relevant manner in their context.
  • Attend dialogue between participants.
  • Supports various activities that involve children, families and the community that support improvements related to topics in the Healthy Life Guide.
  • Assess various activities to determine changes in motivation and assessment.

Various steps of Behavior change.

As individuals, we change our behavior through various hangovers. This stage
  • Unconscious.
  • Be aware.
  • Motivated to try something new.
  • Adopt new behavior.
  • Maintain and live new habits become part of daily habits and habits.
First, we must be aware that certain relationships may not be healthy for us or for our children. Then we learn other or alternative choices. After that, we decided to try the new behavior. If we are satisfied and happy this will be profitable, we will do it again. Eventually maybe we will adopt it. After that we might promote it to others, encourage them to adopt it as well.

Learn a new cycle that starts with awareness, experimentation and repetition. For example, a father might be persuaded by a local religious leader to sleep using an insecticide-treated bed net. Then he realized because of mosquito nets that prevent mosquito bites, so as to avoid malaria. Then he became an advocate for sleeping on insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and shared his experiences with friends and encouraged them to use mosquito nets too.

Sometimes the approved person must approve and return to his old habits. For example the father who had previously discussed the use of insecticide-treated nets, now began to think that this was very troublesome, until finally he and decided to stop using mosquito nets.

Health policy. To ensure its sustainability, children who support this need a supported communication and development strategy. This includes using a variety of messages and methods to support changes that are supported so that the community and family continue to support protection.

This new behavior will also be adopted by all members of the community
for example in the end every family will use insecticide-treated netting.

Changes in behavior will foster dynamics that can occur social transformation.

Individuals rarely change by themselves. Their behavior is often thought of by various families, friends and communities. Sometimes this is positive, for example everyone washing their hands with soap and water after defecating in the toilet. Other times it can also be resisted, for example a compilation of parents who were removed from their daughters or rejected because they were immunized. To change social behavior must change the views and daily habits of the family and community. What is ultimately done by parents, caregivers, children and adolescents is very often done by what is done to them.

Resistance will occur in social norms that get challenged. This is due to the change in influence of shifting group dynamics on gender issues, power relations and various other factors in the family and community.

On the other hand, acceptance will spread immediately if the community sees the economic and social benefits of the new behavior. For example, when a family uses mosquito nets it turns out that this family is not affected by disease or died from malaria. This family can use all its energy optimally for the productivity of the family and school children. Communities begin to see and hear about change, and soon there is widespread interest in adopting new behaviors that benefit them. Eventually the new behavior became a normal habit for everyone.

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