Health literacy is the ability of a person to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate decisions to promote good health. It is essential to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Did you know that only 7% of Malaysian and Filipino adults have an adequate level of health literacy?
Are you a part of that 7%? Take this quiz from Pfizer to find out.
This information is on the back of a container of a pint of ice cream.
1. If you eat the entire container, how many calories will you eat?
2. If you are allowed to eat 60 grams of carbohydrates as a snack, how much ice cream could you have?
3. Your doctor advises you to reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet. You usually have 42 g of saturated fat each day, which includes one serving of ice cream. If you stop eating ice cream, how many grams of saturated fat would you be consuming each day?
4. If you usually eat 2,500 calories in a day, what percentage of your daily value of calories will you be eating if you eat one serving?
Pretend that you are allergic to the following substances: penicillin, peanuts, latex gloves, and bee stings.
5. Is it safe for you to eat this ice cream?
6. If your answer is no, why not?
1. 1,000 is the only correct answer.
2. Any of the following is correct: 1 cup (or any amount up to 1 cup), half the container.
3. 33 is the only correct answer.
4. 10% is the only correct answer.
6. Because it has peanut oil.
Score of 0-1 suggests high likelihood (50% or more) of limited literacy.
Score of 2-3 indicates the possibility of limited literacy.
Score of 4-6 almost always indicates adequate literacy.
So how did you fare?
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