Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Social and cultural influences on health illness and cultural patterns

Health is affected by the social conditions in which people live and work. Poor social conditions and poverty increase the risks of ill health and disease. The social causes include poor sanitation, nutritional deficiencies, violence and accidents, poor water supply, little or no access to health services, lack of safety at work, overcrowded or poorly maintained housing, insufficient or poor quality food, environmental pollution, bad sanitation, stress, lack of exercise due to working, and travelling patterns etc.

Many causes of diseases and ill health are related to the social conditions of our lives because everything, including health, is dependent of social conditions we live in. If the social conditions are not good, then both physical and mental heath get badly affected.


A break at work is a period of time during a shift in which an employee is allowed to take time off from his/her job. There are different types of breaks, and depending on the length and the employer's policies, the break may or may not be paid.

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