Here is your homework for tonight: Listen/watch the following two reports, and take notes on what you see and hear.
(Note: earlier today the link to the streaming video of Margaret Warner’s Russia report was broken. I contacted PBS NewsHour Extra about the problem, and maybe it will fixed by the time you go to it. If not, then listen to the audio, and follow along with the transcript provided — the article).
After watching and listening, post a comment below wherein you respond to one or more of the questions listed below.
Questions for Reflection:
Why are these people considered to be ‘unhealthy?’ What can be done to create more healthy options for them? Are the individuals themselves responsible for all changes that need to be made to move their lifestyle in a healthier direction? What else needs to happen? What are the economic forces affecting their choices?
In the NewsHour report, Margaret Warner points to the powerful social and cultural attitudes that have deeply ingrained high levels of alcohol and tobacco consumption in Russian life. The Russian Minister of Health and Social Development, Tatiana Golikova points to a long history of men’s reluctance to seek medical attention. What attitudes or beliefs do we hold that prevent us from making healthy choices? Why might someone feel unable or unwilling to access medical care? What role does the media play in shaping these attitudes?