Awareness: Enhancing Quality of Life through Health Education

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Awareness: Enhancing Quality of Life through Health Education


The nation observes Health Education Week on October 18-22, 2014. Health education is teaching people the many areas of health environmental, physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. It is said that health education improves the health status of individuals, communities, and nations; enhances peoples quality of life; and reduces costly premature death and disability. By focusing on prevention, health education reduces the financial and human costs of medical treatment. The goal of health for all Filipinos is carried out through an organized program of health education, involving public and private organizations, that raises consciousness among the people, and provides information and understanding on the basic facts about health and hygiene. Health education starts early in Philippine schools where health education is integrated in elementary and high school curriculum. Students are taught basic knowledge in improving and promoting good health, clean living and lifestyle, and avoiding health hazards. The health curriculum is part of the Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health (MAPEH) series in elementary and high school. Curriculum topics include: Basic sanitation and hygiene, nutrition (integrated in Home Economics in elementary, and Technology and Livelihood Education in high school), basic medicine (study of anatomy and communicable diseases) and first aid, school-based AIDS education, prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases, oral health education, aspects of well-being (emotional, mental, physical health), and drug education. …

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