Normally when people think of health education they think of the sex talk or just it being an uncomfortable class they are required to take. While yes, we do talk about some maybe uncNormally when people think of health education they think of the sex talk or just it being an uncomfortable class they are required to take. While yes, we do talk about some uncomfortable topics for some in health education, that does not diminish the importance of health education. Health education covers many topics. Some of these are nutrition, sex, healthy relationships, mental health, drugs and alcohol, environmental health and more! These topics affect not only ourselves but our students practically every second of their day and that is one reason I love health education.
In the state of Wisconsin, all the health education students get is a little bit every week in elementary school and a half-credit in grades 7-12. (DPI WI) That means they just need it at some point, not all of those years. Other states also have very relaxed health education requirements which are about the same as Wisconsin’s. This is not a lot of time in the classroom for what we cover. Every minute of what we do has to be critical and well thought out.
One new thing that is emerging in health education is what we call “Skills based Health education”. With this, we take those topics we talked about before but while teaching those work on different skills that our students should know. Some of these skills are: accessing information, analyzing influences, communication, decision making, goal setting and One new way to teach health education which helps make every minute more valuable is called “Skills-based Health education”. With this, we take those topics we talked about before but while teaching those work on different skills that our students should know. Some of these skills are: accessing information, analyzing influences, communication, decision making, goal setting, and advocacy. These students need these skills to be effective members of society. I know personally, every day I use these skills and this is why health education is important.
So instead of taking a lesson on nutrition information. The instructor standing in front of the classroom lecturing on nutrition information. The students can do this by accessing information. The instructor can teach them how to find accurate and reliable information online and then give them a topic and let the students find the data. Let them explore and then when they are writing their information they also can say I know this website is credible because of blank. That is the essence of skills-based health education; taking the lessons we teach and tying one of the skills standards to it.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”Nelson Mandela
One of my goals throughout my life is to break that stigma with health education. Health education is vital to making our communities safer and making the next generation healthier citizens. I also am an advocate for more health education in schools. Even if that means integrating it more into physical education. Health education is always changing and evolving. Health education is important because it directly affects our lives every single day.
Students when we teach them these skills and these topics can change the world. They can help others understand the importance of self care, nutrition and other topics we talk about. They can make smart choices when it comes to all the relationships they have in their lives and so much more. Giving our students the information and letting them process will have them change the world.
Overall, health education is important because it affects every single aspect of our lives.