Youth Movement: National Health Education Week

October 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Awareness and Events

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011 13% of U.S. high school students were classified as obese. An astonishing 48% did not attend physical education classes during an average school week.1 There are clearly reasons to be concerned about adolescents’ health.

Monday, October 15 is the kick off for National Health Education Week (NHEW) 2012. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has been organizing NHEW for 17 years and this year’s theme, “Adolescent health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation,” aims to teach the youth of America how to keep a healthy lifestyle, from drug use and sexual health to nutrition and physical activity. 2

Each day of the week has a central focus topic for adolescent health. Use the links below to find information and tips on each day’s topic on the SOPHE website.

The education of our youth is a whole community effort. Young people look up to teachers, parents, and community leaders including health professionals to guide them on their journey to adulthood—now is a crucial time in an adolescent’s life to teach them about a healthy lifestyle so they will continue to thrive. SOPHE has put together some great information and provides a planning guide and toolkit to help celebrate this year’s National Health Education Week.

Coast2Coast Rx applauds the work of health education professionals and volunteers, who play an important role in the community, and believes that it is just as important to educate people as it is to treat them. Please remember that the Coast2Coast Rx card is here to provide discounts on the prescriptions and health services that your family can use. We congratulate those who are working to provide the best resources in the health education.

 

 

 

 

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity Data & Statistics” http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/data.htm
  2. The Society for Public Health Education “National Health Education Week” http://www.sophe.org/NHEW.cfm
Photos:
1. The Society for Public Health Education “National Health Education Week”
2. By U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sean Evans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
3. By David Shankbone (David Shankbone) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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