World Health Org - Spring 2009 Newsletter
WHO -Headlines Newsletter Spring 2009
Spring 2009 Editorial
In the last issue
of Headlines, we wrote about motorcycle helmets and proposed an easy way to
look like a genius. That was to simply look at the
This month, we have another opportunity to look like a genius. How can a physician be effective in promoting helmets when he or she doesn’t wear them?
Elsewhere in this
issue of Headlines, we review a study from the
Who would listen to the advice of someone who says one thing and does another?
For health promotion, it’s not just a case of educating and encouraging patients to change their health behaviour. Healthcare providers have to believe in and practise what they are recommending to their patients. It would be hard to get the message that smoking is dangerous if the physician telling you that smoked! So too, with helmets. Physicians – or any health provider, community leaders, or parents – can’t be role models for helmet promotion if they themselves don’t wear them. Too often, we see kids and parents riding bicycles; the kids are wearing helmets, but their parents are not. What’s the message that child is getting? Helmets are for kids! That it’s okay when he or she grows up not to wear a helmet! That’s not a good message.
So remember, when you are talking about helmets and promoting their use to others, you are not only the expert and the authority but also a role model. You need to be wearing your helmet too.
As ever, we welcome your comments and contributions to Headlines.
Philip L. Graitcer
Facilitator, WHO Helmet Initiative
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