Initial Post Instructions
For this discussion we will consider if the social world can be bad for your health and/or
if social institutions can improve your health.
For the initial post, examine ways that some of the social institutions studied this week
(the family, the educational system, or religions) might affect the health (physical,
mental, spiritual) of the people in the institution. Also, consider behaviors, practices, or
experiences of specific demographic groups in the United States related to the social
institutions studied this week (the family, the educational system, or religions) and
examine ways specific demographic groups’ health could be affected positively or
For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of
your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2 or Option 3:
• Option 1: How might health outcomes be affected by religious practices of
members of varying religions in the United States? Do a little digging: What are
some services that religious organizations provide in your area that help people
improve their health?
• Option 2: Interview a friend or family member whose family habits have changed
as a result of a health issue. What about their family life led to this health impact?
How did their family life change as a result, and how did this impact the family,
was the change easy or not?
• Option 3: How might health outcomes be affected by religious practices of
members of varying religions in the United States? Are there other behaviors,
outside of formal religious practice or formal religious ceremonial observances,
such as dietary requirements or other behavioral requirements of members of
religious institutions in the United States that might affect their health, either
directly or indirectly?
Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer. If possible, respond to one peer who chose an option
different than the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information
and clarification. Make sure that you add additional information and not repeat the same
information already posted on the discussion board as you further the dialogue.
• Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
• APA format for in-text citations and list of references
• Minimum of 1 source cited