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Health Education

Health education

Initial efforts at health education in the early 1900s provided children with basic information about communicable disease and the importance of basic medical care and attention. Health education has now evolved toward activities designed to modify health-related behavior (Allensworth, 1993). Moreover, the concept of health has expanded to include not only physical but mental, emotional, and social dimensions (Perry, 1984), so that virtually everything can be viewed in one way or another as falling under the purview of health education. One way to subdivide the broad field of health education is to consider the two major categories of preventable physical health problems of schoolchildren related to (a) injuries and physical violence and (b) emerging habits and lifestyles that affect health. This chapter ...

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