Throughout my educational experiences, I have always been asked basic health related questions by my friends because my family includes a vast variety of medical professionals. As you may have guessed, the apple did not fall far from the tree. I knew I had to be in the medical field because it all came, for the most part, second nature to me. Ten major changes, a mountain of student loans, and six years of sitting in a classroom have lead me to try almost every possible career path that I found interesting. After discovering the endless possibilities health education can lead to, I finally decided on Community Public Health and Health Promotion/School Health.
Health education is often overlooked as a non-essential part in a student’s education and my goal is to change that. I believe that an engaging health education is the backbone to any well-rounded member of society. The value of health education is too great for it to be taught by teachers who don’t understand or care about the content. Health classes need to be engaging for students so they can retain the information and understand that information well enough to be able to apply what they learn to real life situations. This is why it is so important to never skip your health class!
Everyday our bodies experience a change of some kind, whether that’s growing, getting hurt, feeling pain, eating, moving, etc. and we don’t even understand how! As a society, we need to improve health education in schools across the country because we all deserve to know what we can do to maintain our physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
There are many opportunities and resources for people who wish to take control of their health and further their health education. It is never too late to get involved in your own health. Live Well Winona’s website is a good place to start exploring local resources and events to support a healthy lifestyle.