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Sample Health Risk Appraisal

This solution performs a health risk appraisal of anyone, using the Siteman Cancer Center's "Your Disease Risk" Web site at and perform the appraisal that addresses heart disease or another disease.

What risks for heart disease (or another disease chosen) do you identify with?

Pick one high-risk behavior in which you engage (e.g., do not eat five servings of vegetables per day, do not exercise).

What stage of change are you in for this behavior? Explain your answer.

If your community was in the stage of change that you listed, how can you assist your community in moving to the next stage?

How can you use this health risk appraisal tool to promote health within a community?


How can community health nurses apply the strategies of cultural competence to their practice?

Provide at least one example from each of four strategies: cultural preservation, cultural accommodation, cultural repatterning, and cultural brokering.

What is a possible barrier to applying the strategy/example chosen?

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The risk for heart disease that I identify with is prehypertension blood pressure, due to the fact that my blood pressure is approximately 133/80, which is not hypertensive, but could potentially become hypertensive if measures are not taken to stop the increase in blood pressure.

One high risk behavior that I engage in is eating foods that can contain high amounts of sodium. The stage of change that I am in for this behavior is the stage of active change,which includes the consumption of more fruits and vegetables, and reducing the use of table salt in the consumption of my meals.

If my community was in the stage of change that I have listed, I would assist my community by providing them with information on the detriments of the consumption of large amounts of sodium, as well as to provide them with information on alternative methods of seasoning their ...