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Suvarna Surendran
B.Ed. Student (Social Science)
Mount Carmel College of Teacher Education, Kottayam

Health is sometimes considered as the total outcomes of the organic, neuro-muscular,
interpretive and emotional and social well being. Good health enables the people to enjoy life
and to have the opportunity to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. An unhealthy
solider can never defined the frontiers of this country even when he is provided with
sophisticated weapons similarly an unhealthy farmer cannot produce optimum that can be
produced even if all the technological findings are at his disposal. Apart from the professional
efficiency, which also is indirectly related to our personal life. Health is an essential
characteristics without which are cannot even enjoy our leisure and lead a happy family and
social life. This study is an attempt to find out health awareness among adults in Koottickal


Health is a dynamic condition resulting from a body's constant adjustment

and adaptation in response to stresses and changes in the environment for
maintaining an inner equilibrium called homeostasis. In humans it is the ability of
individuals or communities to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental or social
changes. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in its
1948 constitution as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not
merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Personal hygiene is the first step to good grooming
and good health. people have been aware of the importance of hygiene for thousands of
years. the ancient Greeks spend many hours bathing; using fragrances and make up in an
effort to healthy themselves and presentable to others. One of the most effective way we have
to protect ourselves and others from illness is good personal hygiene. This means washing
your hands especially but also your body.

Community based health awareness survey is very relevant for the existing condition of
our society, which is facing the problems of life style diseases and several physical and
mental inabilities. The knowledge of food and nutrition and its habits has a direct bearing on
the maintenance of health of an individual.it is also essential to know the nutritive values of
different foods, so that one can choose the best foods according to ones needs.


To determine the health awareness among people

To know whether people are aware about nutritional food
To examine the attitude towards controlling diseases
To know whether people are aware about personal hygiene and fitness
To find out the use of first aid and safety measures among people.


Survey method was adopted for the study. The survey was conducted to know the
health awareness among the peoples in Koottickal Panchayat.20 peoples in the Panchayat
were selected for the study. A set of 30 statements were prepared by the investigator was
administered among 20 peoples. Statements coming under the categories are: general health,
personal hygiene and fitness, nutrition and health, safety measures and first aid, control of
diseases. The questions were framed with an intention to find out the health awareness among


1. General health surveillance:

In general health surveillance part 60.6%people know the three dimensions of health are
physical , mental and social and all are closely related.85.6%know that health awareness is
important for all round development of a person.

2. Personal hygiene and personal fitness:

In the part of personal hygiene and personal fitness only 29.5%of peoples believe that hygiene
means the science of preserving health and 35.2% of students do not consider exercise as a
positive habit.

3. Nutrition and health

In the part of nutrition and health 83.8% of peoples consider that selecting a nutritional plan is
important for maintaining their body weight .80.2% of people are ready to change their eating
habits for maintaining a healthy body.

4. Safety measures and first aid :

In the safety measures and first aid part 79.3% of students believe that preliminary knowledge
of body structure and function is must for understanding first aid measures .78.5%of students
know that without the complete knowledge of first aid one should not do first aid to others

5. Control of diseases

In the part of control of disease 82.5% of students believe that deep well in rural areas
provided the safest source of drinking water and 80.1% agrees that deficiency diseases are
caused by nutritionally poor diet.


The survey helped to interact with people and analyses their knowledge about
physical and mental health and also proper maintains of health. Most of the people are not
conscious about physical health and are not taking enough food. By attending the survey
people got awareness about the measures and they decided to preserve their health.


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