Blog Posts By: Catina O’Leary

Making good health decisions every day

July 27, 2015

Health literacy is the ability to make good health decisions every day. While traditional literacy skills are a part of health literacy, health literacy focuses on skills required to function in the health care environment, including: Reading, writing, and filling out forms Listening and verbal communication skills Numeracy, which involves computing, interpreting and evaluating risk […]

Food Labels Get New Look, but Educators Still Have Work to Do on Health Literacy in Diets


November 12, 2014

Health literacy is in everything we do — from understanding the dosages on pill bottles to knowing how to follow our doctor’s instructions. But there’s another area of our lives where health literacy skills are essential to getting and staying healthy: The ability to understand the labels on the foods we eat every day. The […]


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