Since 1995, it’s been a standing tradition of the Society for Public Health Education to promote and sponsor National Health Education Week (Oct. 15-19) which occurs the the third week of October. Past themes have focused on, healthy aging, health literacy, tobacco education, and promoting healthier communities. This year's theme is "Adolescent Health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation."
The focus is not just about physical activity and obesity; the Society for Public Health Education (also known as SOPHE), focuses on a holistic approach to adolescent health by including, tobacco, drug, alcohol education, sexual health issues, trends in adolescent injuries and violence and embracing diverse populations.
Schools, community centers, churches, and organization can get involved in health education week by visiting the Society of Public Health Education website and using their ideas to promote this year's theme. You can also take ideas and use them throughout the year. Healthy living can be promoted any time, any where, and in any setting.
I was happy to see that once again my daughters elementary school supported and organized National Walk to School day on Oct. 3. Hundreds of children around the community walked to school with school representatives stationed around the neighborhood cheering the kids on to school. This type of community and school involvement is just another way we as a society can have a positive influence on the health and well-being of our children.
What do you think are the key health issues facing adolescents today?