“Keep your vitality. A life without health is like a river without water”
A wellness health programme integrating nutrition, Physical activity and mental wellness has yielded affective results in reducing stress, depression, heart disease and hypertension. Health education teaches students about physical, mental, emotional and social health. It not only motivates the students to feel free but also motivates them to improve and maintain their health, prevent stress related diseases and reduce risky behaveiours.
Our students are the future. While there are many factors that contribute to the health and well-being of students but school plays a vital role, a role model. It is known that students spend most of their waking hours in schools and that the average students consume their 50% calories while on school grounds. Health wellness programmes give students incentives, tools social support and strategies to adopt and maintain healthy behaviours. Health education builds students’ knowledge, skills and positive attitudes about health. They prepare themselves to be mentally capable to face stress related diseases. Health education curricula and knowledge help students learn skills which they will use to make future choices throughout their lifetime.
Effective health wellness programmes result in reducing students risks around:
alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, injury prevention, mental and social health, physical activity.
Health education promotes learning in other subjects! School health programmes are the essential sequel and complement to early child care and development programmes. These health programmes help link the resources of the health, education, nutrition and resources sectors in an infrastructure- the school that is already in place,is pervasive and is sustained. We know that school system is rarely universal, covers the most effective health systems and has extensive skilled workforce that already works closely with the community. The high effectiveness of these programmes is a consequence of the health benefit and the education benefit. The effectiveness of such wellness health programmes is measured in terms not only of improved education outcomes.
At a high level, healthy students are better learners and help to build strong communities. Schools with effective wellness programmes almost always offer wellness related training as their mandatory school meetings.
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