October 15th through 19th is National Health Education Week. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) explains that this celebration has been held the third week of October since 1995 and "focuses national attention on a major public health issue and promotes consumers' understanding of the role of health education in promoting the public's health" (http://www.sophe.org/NHEW.cfm).
This year's focus is on the youth of America with the theme "Adolescent Health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation." Each day during the week there is a focus on a different aspect of health:
- Monday - Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Tuesday - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use
- Wednesday - Sexual Health
- Thursday - Emerging Trends in Adolescent Injury & Violence
- Friday - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
SOPHE will be keeping the public informed through communications during the week on Facebook and Twitter. Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Society-for-Public-Health-Education/217171689055?fref=ts. And, participate during the week via Twitter using #NHEW to spread awareness about adolescent health.
In addition to celebrating National Health Education Week, SOPHE will also be honoring health education specialists who are making a difference in adolescent health.
For more information and ideas about how you can participate during National Health Education Week, check out the SOPHE page full of information and activities here: http://www.sophe.org/NHEW.cfm.
What are your ideas on improving adolescent health in America? We would love to hear from you in the comments!