National Health Education Week – October 19-23, 2020
In 1995, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established National Health Education Week (NHEW) to raise awareness of leading public health issues while encouraging greater appreciation for health education and bettering consumer health and wellness.
Each year, SOPHE hosts numerous events, webinars, and activities around the country to help the public become more informed about the many ways they can improve their health and wellness.
The Importance of National Health Education Week
NHEW aims to help people understand every aspect of their health — physically, mentally, and emotionally. After all, the more you know about your health, the better you can take care of yourself.
The internet is a great resource for learning and education. However, it has also become a facilitator for misinformation, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, advocacy groups like SOPHE are essential for undoing the harm that this bad information can cause.
In addition to fostering healthy habits, SOPHE also stresses the importance of listening to health care educators. Their knowledge stands to benefit not only your individual health but that of your community as well.
Lastly, NHEW offers many opportunities for people to get involved and spread awareness about the importance and value of good health.
What National Health Education Week Means For Seniors
With winter quickly approaching, older adults need to reassess their lifestyle habits.
Here are a few areas of improvement seniors should consider during Health Education Week:
- Make sure to drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty. Avoid processed foods and large portions. And don’t forget to 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.
- If you smoke or drink regularly, consider asking for help, cutting back, or quitting completely. Start slow and progressively build yourself up on your successes.
And remember, health is more than simply eating right and exercising — it’s creating balance in every part of your life. That also includes finding ways to improve your family life, dental health, mental health, and more.
The smallest of changes add up, and good health is the best thing you can give yourself.
NHEW Calendar of Events
This year’s theme for National Health Education Week is “Health Education as a Catalyst for Change.”
Calendar of events:
Monday, October 19 – 2 PM
- Health Equity and Racism Elimination: Advocating for Change
- Activity: Webinar – Equity and Anti-Racism Approaches to Public Health, 2 PM
Tuesday, October 20 – 2 PM
- Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?
- Activity: Webinar – Emergency Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field, 2 PM
Wednesday, October 21 – 2 PM
- Mental Health & Mindfulness
- Activity: Webinar – Supporting Employee Mental Health and Well-being during COVID-19
Thursday, October 22 – 2 PM
- Health Literacy: Words Matter
- Activity: Webinar – Health Literacy: Words Matter
Friday, October 23 – 2 PM
- Career Settings for a Health Education/Promotion Specialist
- Activity: Webinar – A Snapshot of Health Education and Promotion Career Settings
For more information, visit SOPHE.org.
How You Can Observe National Health Education Week
You can still support NHEW even if you cannot 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 greater than you think. So call 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. Like, share, and retweet their events to your friends and family.
- Check your own 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.
If you or a loved one need a little extra support during this time, we can help. Our qualified caregivers can help with everyday needs, including transportation, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and more.
We also believe that no senior should go hungry, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of current events, we now offer a free food delivery program for Boston’s seniors.
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