Health Education

Editorial Good Morning Kashmir
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There is a close tie between good health and good education. The motive of health education is to provide learning experiences on issues related with health. It is not only concerned with communicating information but also with fostering motivation, skills and confidence.Health education is a strategy for implementing health promotion and disease prevention programs. Everyone , including parents and teachers are keenly interested in academic education but the most important thing i.e., health is neglected. A comprehensive health education program should be an important part of the curriculum. Its goal is to help in the development of individual group, institutional, community and systematic strategies to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior. The healthcare industry in India is rapidly expanding with multi-million dollar investments made by various national and international agencies, the pharmaceutical sector, central and state governments and developmental partners. The health sector is projected to grow at the rate of 23% per annum to a record US$ 77 billion industry by 2022, according to Yes Bank and an industry body report published in November 2009. Health education activities should address both primary and secondary prevention.

 

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Doctors, primary health-care workers and school teachers should be directed to the public and educate them. The significance of print and electronic media can’t be overseen concerning the same. Moreover, in schools too, coordinated school health programs should approach child and adolescent health as a multisectoral enterprise to be shared by health, medical, educational and social service organisations with an important thrust on mental health, taking it into consideration and provides counseling and psychological services to improve mental and emotional health.To date, foodborne diseases remain a major health problem.Health education in food safety is cornerstone of strategies for the prevention of foodborne disease. Public health authorities must play a leading role. The education should be based on scientific evidence of factors leading to illness and understanding the underlying sociocultural factors.Materials developed for health education programs must be culturally appropriate to ensure cultural competence whereas in rural areas linguistic and cultural differences should be kept in mind.

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