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Celebrate Health Education this Month!

Brittany Twiss, NDSU Dietetics Major and Program Assistant, NDSU Extension Service

National Health Education Week is October 16 to 21, so spend this special week celebrating your health by sharing your knowledge.

Health Education is a social science that draws from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease. Common practices of health education focus on educational behavior change activities. Some examples are back injury prevention programs, nutrition education, safe driving programs, aerobic fitness classes, first aid training and many others.

Why should you care about health education?

  • Health education builds knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about health that will last a lifetime.
  • Health education covers the physical, mental, emotional and social health that can be challenging to approach with tweens and teenagers.
  • Health education motivates students to improve and maintain their own health, prevent disease and reduce risky behaviors.
  • Health education helps students learn skills they will use to make healthy choices throughout their lifetime. Effective education results in positive changes in behavior that lower student risks concerning:
    • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, injury prevention, mental and emotional health, nutrition, physical activity, prevention of diseases and family life.
  • Health education promotes learning in other subjects! One study showed that reading and math scores of third and fourth grade students who received comprehensive health education were significantly higher than those who did not.
  • In general, healthy students learn better. Numerous studies have shown that healthier students have higher attendance, have better grades, and perform better on tests.

This October celebrate Health Education by signing up for that class you’ve been curious about, or donating to your community Public Health organization.

Source: https://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/school_health/health_coord_education.html

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