• Angela Joyce

Health and Well-Being Education

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

The World Health Organization defines health as a complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being, so why is it that the current health curriculum does not include aspects of well-being at all? Aspects of well-being include mental, emotional, and social health.

Health is not just physical.

It is our responsibility to teach our children about mental, emotional, and social well-being. We can improve the current health curriculum, and we should. It is time to integrate well-being education into health class at school.

Our busy lives and demanding curriculum make it increasingly difficult each year to teach our children the basic components of well-being that make us human. We are not looking past appearances and we are neglecting to look at the health of the whole person. As a result, more and more kids are failing or dropping out of school. They are becoming addicted to drugs and becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. They are struggling to navigate their way through the real world.

It is our responsibility to provide our children with the tools they need to become successful, functional adults.

Your mental, emotional, and social health are just as important as your physical health. We owe it to our children to be better than the generations that came before us. We need to reconstruct the health curriculum at school. We need to create a curriculum of health and well-being. It is time to look past appearances and to consider the mental, emotional, and social health of our children.

Together we can create a stronger, healthier global community.

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