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Can someone tell me what is the main health education definition?

I have come across this term when I was surfing the internet, and I really did not understand so well what is the health education definition. I would really hope that someone with experience may tell me about this in detail and also about the main challenges of health education today. I would also like to know more information about the medical education portal, and whether I should use it as a tool to gain more vital medical information for myself and my family. Thank you so much.

James Washington

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Jodi Brooks on July 27, 2018

Many people get confused with the definition of health education and they think it is just like medical education, but that is not the case. It is mainly the education that everyone should get in school, as I personally think it is much more important than most of the subjects that are taught in school nowadays. It is concerned with the everyday lifestyle, what to do, and what not to do to guarantee to have a good health. For example, everyone knows that smoking and drinking are bad for you but a lot of people do it anyway, and that is why they are not very aware of the dangers they may cause, and that is what health education is all about. It is basically the learning experiences that are designed to assist people in improving their health by increasing their knowledge or by trying to influence their everyday behaviors and attitudes.

I think that the education of today is not as good as it should be, as many people are not aware of many health facts because schools seem to be more concerned with the rainy seasons in Brazil than with properly educating students to take care of their health and lifestyle, which is really disappointing for me personally. It is not just about drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco, many parents and students think that anything that is advertised on TV is safe and harmless, and that is totally not true. For example, most of the potato chips have many harmful ingredients and additives that make them taste so good. They also contain unnatural colors and chemicals that are very harmful to the human body. In addition, they contain chemicals that prevent them from rotting on the shelves after a long period of time. If you think of it, any natural or organic product will rot only after a couple of days, but most of the packed foods do not, which is totally not natural. Such preserving chemicals are also dangerous to our human bodies. Fast foods and packed snacks are also one of the reasons why there are many fat kids nowadays.

Regarding the medical educational portal, it is definitely one of the most vital and valuable medical portals online, but they usually contain most recent publications and research in many medicinal fields of study, which would be hard for anyone to understand unless he has read a lot about medicine or studied it before.

Tad Fraziera year ago

I also think that health education is much more important than many of the subjects that are taught in schools nowadays. I believe that all children, from a very young age, should take health education classes, which may prevent them from eating junk food and packed snacks that are usually very harmful. I also used to think that all the stuff sold in supermarkets are safe to consume, but I was shocked after watching some health education videos on YouTube that explained to me the possible diseases that could result from consuming a lot of foods like fast food, candy, and potato chips. All the markets are also designed to attract children to candy, as the candy is always put in their eye level near the cashiers, which is kind of a mean international marketing strategy in my opinion. I believe that education today is not good enough when it comes to the quality of health education and that it should definitely get improved. 

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