National Health Education Week

Health and Welfare

On Sept 5, 2012 Scott Folsom, Vice President for Health and Parent Education moved and the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Tenth District of the California Congress of Parents, Teachers and Students, Inc. (PTA) voted to support and promote National Health Education Week.

Since 1995, National Health Education Week (NHEW) has been celebrated during the third week of October.  This celebration 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. 

NHEW 2012, taking place October 15-19, focuses on the theme, “Adolescent Health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation.”  The week calls attention to the importance of promoting and establishing healthy behaviors among our nation’s adolescents.  A toolkit will be available and will include information about specific adolescent health issues — which may already be a large part of your organization’s or group’s targeted efforts — as well as tips and resources to assist your organization or group as you plan your participation in NHEW 2012.

Five daily themes have been established to highlight issues that are essential to this year’s NHEW:

  • Monday, October15: Nutrition and Physical Activity: Action for healthy adolescents
  • Tuesday, October 16: Tobacco and Substance Use and Abuse: Integrating evidence-based strategies for prevention
  • Wednesday, October 17: Sexual Health: Making the case for comprehensive sex education
  • Thursday, October 18: Emerging Trends in Adolescent Injury & Violence
  • Friday, October 19: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: Embracing diversity and promoting inclusion
As we celebrate this year’s NHEW, we also promote the field of health education and honor our health educator specialists.  In honor of this week, be sure to recognize health education specialists, not only for their many contributions to improving and promoting adolescent health, but also for all they do to sustain programs and services for this population.  Join us as we work together to help improve the health and wellness of our nation’s adolescents and guide their path to a healthy future.

– smf

Scott Folsom
Vice President for Health and Parent Education
Los Angeles Tenth District PTA