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National Health Education Week 2019

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National Health Education Week 

National Health Education Week (NHEW) began in 1995 as a collaboration between the department of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

For a full week in October, NHEW aims for greater awareness of major public health issues and promoting consumers understanding of the role of health education

Join SOPHE October 21-27th for nationwide events, webinars, and activities focusing on better consumer health and wellness. 

NHEW Calendar of Events

The internet has made it much easier for SOPHE to bring national attention to individual and community health issues.

This year, the organization is focusing on Elevating Health for All.

Monday, 10/21 – Championing health for vulnerable populations through advocacy.

Tuesday, 10/22 – Celebrating SOPHE

  • Enroll in a free webinar to learn about the future of health education and health promotion. Additionally, it will discuss the fundamental contributions of health education to public health.
  • Support SOPHE by submitting a word to create SOPHE’s 70-word cloud. Send a quote, word, or phrase representing your vision of the future of health education and promotion. 

Wednesday, 10/23 – School Health. Social-Emotional Learning

  • Enroll in the webinar: Transforming School Communities Through WSCC: Social and Emotional Learning and the Role of Health Educators in Schools.
  • Join the Twitter chat and share your thoughts!

Thursday, 10/24 – Digital Health: Curbing misinformation by spreading true health education messages.

Friday, 10/25 – Health Equity and celebrating 20 years of REACH

  • Enroll in the free webinar and find out how your zip code determines your health status or the impact of natural disasters on your health.

The Importance of National Health Education Week

While the internet is an excellent resource for learning and education, it has also made it easier for false information to spread in the United States quickly.

The efforts of advocacy groups like SOPHE are essential for undoing the harm that misinformation causes.

The more you know about your health, the better you can take care of yourself. NHEW fosters a broader comprehension of health–from health care to emotional wellbeing. 

Additionally, it urges everyone to rely on health education professionals to remain abreast of cultivating good health. The knowledge they dispense benefits not just your health, but the health of your community, too.

Lastly, NHEW presents many chances for you and others to get involved and spread awareness about good health. 

How You Can Observe National Health Education Week

You can still support NHEW and promote a better understanding of its goals, even if you are unable to participate in any of the webinars or events.

Here are some ideas:

  • Be an advocate. The role that public policy plays in your overall health is higher than you think. Visit or write a letter to your local, state, or federal officials expressing how their votes matter when it comes to the advancement of good health.
  • Use social media. If you are technologically savvy, use it to call for action. NHEW uses a social media campaign to spread awareness of their message, so like, share, and retweet their events to your friends and family. 
  • Check your health. If you haven’t paid a visit to the doctor recently, now is the time to do so. Talk to your doctor about healthy habits and tips for living well.

Of course, as winter approaches, older adults should reassess their habits and do what they can to stay healthy.

Make sure to drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty. Avoid processed foods and large portions, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables!

Get active, even if it’s just a long walk. There are many indoor exercises for seniors to improve mobility, balance, and more.

With this in mind, if you smoke or drink regularly, consider finding assistance to cut back or quit altogether. Start slow and progressively build yourself up on your successes. In due time, you will succeed.

It also includes finding ways to improve your family life, dental health, mental health, and more.  

The smallest of changes add up, and your good health is the best thing you can do for yourself. 

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Be sure to check the blog for resources and tips for happy, healthy senior living.