National Health Education Week - History
National Health Education Week timeline
Department of Health
The Cabinet-level Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) was created under President Eisenhower.
Social Security Act
The Social Security Act passed — providing funding for local health departments.
First university health education program began
The first academic program teaching health education was launched at Columbia University in New York City.
American Cancer Society
Ten doctors and five laypeople founded the American Cancer Society in New York. It was initially called the American Society for the Control of Cancer.
County health departments
First county health departments established in Guilford County, North Carolina and Yakitna County, Washington.
National Health Education Week FAQs
What is health education and why is it important?
Health education increases knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes toward health. It covers physical, mental, emotional, and social health and motivates students to improve and maintain their own health while reducing harmful behaviors and preventing disease.
What are the types of health education?
There are at least three categories of health education: the body, health services information, and the environment in which health choices are made.
What are the concepts of health?
The concept of health is achieving complete physical, mental, and social well-being, rather than solely an absence of ailment or disease.
How to Observe National Health Education Week
Be an advocate
Public policy has a significant impact on our overall health. Pay a visit to your local, state, or federal officials and let them know that they need to understand how their votes matter when it comes to promoting good health.
Be a social butterfly
National Health Education Week employs a social media campaign to bring attention to health education. A number of social tools are available for individuals to get involved online to promote the importance of health education.
Get a checkup
Haven't had a health checkup in a while? Call your doctor and get that annual checkup to make sure your health is in good shape. Get curious about your health and feel free to ask your doctor about how to maintain a healthier life.
5 Key Players In Public Health
The founder of TOMS does more than just donate shoes. He also funds important health campaigns across the globe.
The first female administrator of the UN Development Program is an advocate for elderly and women's issues.
Director General of the World Health Organization, she managed the outbreak of SARS in Hong Kong in 2002.
The former First Lady has used her high profile to promote children's health and address the issue of childhood obesity.
The anesthesiologist and critical care physician is an advocate for increased access to medical care in rural parts of Africa.
Why National Health Education Week is Important
Education is best
The more we know about our health the better we can take care of ourselves. National Health Education Week promotes deeper understanding of our health issues and encourages us to rely on health care educators to stay informed.
Educators are important
National Health Education Week reminds us of the importance of health care educators and the contribution they make to the health of our communities. Educators share critical knowledge that can help us live healthier lives.
Opportunities for action
This national event provides opportunities for citizens to get involved in promoting good health. Each day of the week focuses on a different theme, such as gun violence, or the impact of inequality on individual health.