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Observed on the third full week of October each year, National Health Education Week (NHEW) promotes health education. This week, it takes place from October 16-20, 2023.
Sponsored by The Society for Public Health Education alongside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Health Education Week has helped to raise awareness of the importance of health education specialists and their contribution to consumer wellness as well as educate the next generation of students since 1995.
Health education improves the health status of people, their communities, and the country as a whole. The work of health educators helps to improve the quality of life for everyone, as well as helping to improve longevity, decrease illness and disability, and even help to lower the financial costs associated with medical treatments. Those in health education provide the skills, knowledge, and training to complement health providers, policy makers, human resource personnel, educators, and other professionals that impact human wellness.
The provision of widespread education and improvement of health literacy as a whole can have a vast impact on the health and even economic status of our country.
Learn more, and get a toolkit of activities and information from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) at https://www.sophe.org/focus-areas/national-health-education-week/nhew-activities/.