Raising Awareness on Health Education
National Health Education Week (NHEW) is observed during the third full week of October. This week raises awareness on health education and how it keeps us strong.
In 1995, the first National Health Education Week took place. Since the beginning, health education specialists have strived to raise awareness of their services and contribute to wellness and educating the next generation. Individuals in this field give knowledge, skills, and training to help healthcare providers, policymakers, educators, and other professionals make meaningful impacts on human wellness.
Health education is meant to improve people’s health, along with local communities, and the rest of the country. Educators focus on establishing a quality of life and longevity for each person while reducing premature deaths and disabilities. Health education that concentrates on preventative measures, helps to reduce the financial hardships from receiving medical treatment. Chronic conditions, such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, and diabetes make up over 75% of all funding that is annually spent on health care in the U.S. Educating more people is a major part of health status in this country. Without specialists teaching these important subjects, members of those communities can be negatively impacted.
October 21st focuses on advocating healthcare for vulnerable populations. This first day highlights groups that have historically been ignored and silenced. They may have felt this way due to their economic status, educational opportunities, environmental safety, or lack of access to health care. Trauma, socio-economic status, and discrimination can all raise the risks of developing a chronic disease.
Hearing loss falls under the category of chronic diseases. It is the third most common chronic physical condition in the U.S. and is more common than cancer or diabetes.
How to Promote National Health Education Week
1. Advocate for yourself and for others
Public policies have a critical impact on your long-term health.
2. Be social
National Health Education Week can be found on social media. A number of online tools and resources can be used to promote the value of health education.
3. Get a checkup
If you haven’t had a checkup in a while, schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing hearing loss and need hearing aids, schedule an appointment with us at Pure Sound Hearing.