Health literacy is emerging as a leading issue affecting U.S. consumers' health. It has been shown to be a stronger predictor of a person's health than age, income, employment status, education level, or race. To best meet the health literacy needs of consumers, Extension educators can use best practice guidelines for improved health communications to develop effective educational materials, which include getting to know the target audience; sending clear, actionable message(s); and using appropriate formatting with meaningful visuals. Extension educators can apply these best practice guidelines to better promote health-related behaviors and communicate science more effectively to consumers.
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Niebaum, K., Cunningham-Sabo, L., & Bellows, L. (2015). Developing Effective Educational Materials Using Best Practices in Health Literacy. The Journal of Extension, 53(4), Article 28. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.53.04.28