Health Education

Health education is as powerful a tool in treating emotional disorders as it is preventing the spread of physical diseases. Health educators are trained to understand the interplay between the various types of health and to disseminate their knowledge to individuals, groups and entire communities. Their job is to improve health literacy so that people can become their own advocates and advocates for those close to them. Health education, invaluable in school and university classrooms, is equally important in wellness programs in government agencies, businesses, organizations and in outreach programs in rural, suburban and inner city communities. Health education is concerned with the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.

Health Education Training

Individuals who work in health education may have majored in the field or may have completed an undergraduate degree in another field, such as physical education, nursing or physical therapy. They may have taken advanced courses in health education and obtained master's or even doctoral degrees. In the course of their educational pursuits, they will undoubtedly have gotten on-the-job training.

Types of Health Education

Health education encompasses a variety of issues, some very personal, some global. While individuals can arrange their lives so that they are more likely to experience a healthy life, there are always factors beyond their control. Types of health include:

  • Physical health
  • Social health
  • Environmental health

  • Emotional health
  • Intellectual health
  • Spiritual health

Health care educators frequently work in the arena of public health, an area that focuses on the first three varieties of health mentioned. Public health education may involve any topics that involve large groups of people.

Health Concerns Addressed by Health Education

Health education provides detailed information about the importance of nutrition, exercise and healthy habits in developing and maintaining good health. Health educators teach individuals and communities about a variety of health-related topics, including:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Obesity
  • Use of tobacco or alcohol
  • Substance abuse
  • Safe sexual practices
  • Family planning

  • Safe prenatal and obstetrical care
  • Immunizations
  • Communicable diseases
  • Signs of physical or sexual abuse
  • Signs of self-injurious behavior

Health Education to Combat Stress

There is a perpetual interaction between physical health and mental or emotional well-being. Health educators are trained to understand this connection. In educating individuals and groups about healthy lifestyles, health educators must evaluate and demonstrate the ways in which stress negatively impacts health. Stress can produce a tremendous variety of physical, mental and emotional symptoms and can exacerbate existing ones. Such symptoms may include headaches, digestive disturbances, heart palpitations, visual difficulties, chronic pain or fatigue, anxiety, sleep disturbances and phobias. The list is almost endless since there is hardly a symptom that cannot be brought on by stress. Extensive research has demonstrated that there are physiological reasons for this since the human body reacts to stress by producing cortisol, which in turn alters metabolic, cardiovascular, neurological and immunological responses.

Risk Factors for Stress

Health education frequently focuses on identifying at-risk populations. Just as there are risk factors for substance abuse or physical violence, there are specific risk factors for stress. Of course, many of these factors are common to both. Generally speaking, poverty and lack of education put people at risk for stress as well as for other physical and mental health problems. Stress can be caused by presumably positive, as well as negative events. Other factors which precipitate stress are:

  • Moving
  • Changing jobs
  • Changing marital status

  • Additions or losses of family members
  • Chronic illness or pain
  • Work and family difficulties

Ways to Alleviate Stress

Health education, in addition to promoting healthy sanitary, nutritional, sexual and medical practices, is concerned with reducing stress in individuals and in the community as a whole. Health educators are trained to encourage activities known to be beneficial to the mind and body, such as:

  • Physical exercise
  • Meditation
  • Social connection
  • Yoga

  • Proper sleep habits
  • Participation in creative outlets
  • Counseling or psychotherapy

For more information about our Health Education services, or to schedule an appointment, please complete our online form or call 732-679-4500.

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