Health educators play significant roles in the school community, the impact of which may extend beyond the school’s walls. Health education is the strongest tool we have to prevent self-imposed health problems. Health choices and actions initiated in elementary, middle, and high-school students can yield huge future dividends.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) values school health programs as an investment, making the link between adolescent high risk activities and physically, emotionally, and financially costly adult health challenges.
Cutting budgets to the bone, concerns about academic achievement and test scores, and political ideology all challenge committed health and family life educators, even as a link between good health and school achievement seems obvious.
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