Another Rant about Health Education…

 So I am sitting here studying for one of my university courses in the education program. One of the areas of focus for this course is educational administration. I am currently studying the information we have learned about resources that are provided for education within Canada. Where they come from, why they are important, what affects the amount of resources we receive etc…. Some of the challenges to publicly funded education is the lack of funding. Each province has a budget and so much money needs to go to each provincial responsibility. Health care is taking up a huge amount of money. More health problems = more health care. Makes perfect sense, but I think we need to start moving towards prevention and I think education is the key.

More health education within the schools would most likely reduce the amount of health care needed. People need to become more educated on how to make healthy decisions and properly take care of themselves. Now I am aware that this isn’t the only reason that health care costs are on the rise, but I think that more health related knowledge among our citizens could definitely help. Seems simple right? With more of a focus on health education there would be maybe less money going into health care the provinces could put it toward something else……like education!

Well it isn’t that simple. As of right now our society isn’t into the whole “health” thing.

Health is not seen as a priority in a students education, its been this way for years. Math, science and English take precedence over health education in schools. Apparently its more important to be able to dissect a frog than it is to be able to make healthy and informed decisions that could affect the rest of your life.  I understand that health is important, but why doesn’t anyone else? How can we start to make a change within our schools and within society?

I would love to hear your thoughts and advice!