Infographics are in vogue at the present time. So many programs and services are available to create infographics that everyone and Grandma Edith are doing it. Truth is, infographics have been around for a very long time in the form of subway maps, and charts. Finally though, they have evolved into a form of communication that has been adopted by many media outlets. Creating an infographic that is truly impressive requires:
- Information presented
- Color scheme chosen
- Overall impact
All of these elements must be present, as they are all crucial elements that will influence whether an infographic goes viral, or becomes archived in the flop section of the World Wide Web. With all that being said, let’s look at some of the most stellar health-related infographics in circulation.
This infographic, although relatively simplistic graphic and design wise, looks incredibly professional and catches browsers attention. Some of the facts that it reports are:
- 200 million men and 300 million women are obese.
- Incredibly obese people die up to 10 years sooner than others do.
- The increase in the prominence of obesity: Now vs. the 1980’s.
Some of the facts and numbers are eye opening, to say the least.
This illustration is interesting in that it provides lesser-known facts and has chosen a color scheme and graphic that is closely related to the original “Operation” board game. You know the one; players remove the funny bone, or whatever, and if you touch the side with the tweezers the red nose lights up. The game also makes an obnoxious buzzing noise. All that aside, some of the interesting facts that are presented on this infographic are:
- The first successful heart transplant took place in 1967.
- The feet are capable of producing one pint of sweat per day.
That’s all you are getting from me. Definitely check this one out for some more fun health and body related facts.
Many people consume soft drinks each day and never give a thought to how it may be affecting their health. After all how could something so readily available, even in some schools, be detrimental to one’s well being…If your interest is peaked, check out this infographic to learn tidbits such as:
- Twenty minutes after drinking a soda, your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds by turning any sugar into fat.
Take a look at this one to learn what happens at 40 and 45 minutes post soda consumption. Guaranteed you will be shocked.
This is a great infographic, not only for students, but for anyone interested in beginning a healthy lifestyle. The infographic covers both exercise and nutrition, sleep and the benefit’s a student can derive from an active lifestyle. The best part may be the dinner plate graphic that explains and illustrates how a well-balanced plate should look.
Don’t worry there are only 3 more that you really must take a look at. Here’s the condensed version:
- Paleo Diet is an infographic that illustrates the basics of this dietary movement. It also offers some facts about health and where things probably took a turn for the worse in our modernized civilization.
- Blood Pressure:Know Your Numbers is an excellent means by which to learn about risks associated with high blood pressure, the prevalence of stroke and how to get your ‘numbers” under control.
- Cancer is a scary infographic. Which is probably good because when you look at these statistics relating to incidences and types of cancer that are prominent over the years it will become clear that changes need to be made, and a healthier lifestyle needs to be adopted.
The infographic that are mentioned above are successful at presenting interesting and useful information. There are also many more of these informational treats available around the internet, even blogs dedicated to finding the best ones for you. Browse, learn from them and then share your favorites with others. You never know, some people learn and comprehend information better when it is presented in this way. It is important that everyone receives the information that the key to happiness and longevity is a fit and healthy lifestyle.
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Ashley Williamson is a freelance journalist and a part-time blogger specializing in topics related to health and education.