Does the material explain why the behavioral recommendation(s) is important to the primary audience?

Give the primary audience reasons why they should or shouldn’t do health behaviors and tell them possible consequences of doing or not doing the behaviors. Provide enough information so they can easily and quickly grasp why the behaviors are important. You will help people make informed decisions.

Example 1:

If you are a woman age 65 or older, schedule a bone density test. A bone density test measures how strong your bones are. The test will tell you if you are at risk for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It means your bones are weak and more likely to break. There are no signs or symptoms of osteoporosis. You might not know you have the disease until you break a bone. That’s why it’s so important to get a bone density test to measure your bone strength.

Example 2:

Stand up slowly. Getting up too quickly can cause your blood pressure to drop. That can make you feel wobbly.

Example 3:

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium (salt). Eating a lot of salt can raise your blood pressure, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Even if you do not have high blood pressure, the lower your blood pressure in general, the lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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