Reimagine the importance
Proficiency in key subjects, such as math, reading, and writing, at each academic stage, is an essential prerequisite of student success. Skills gained during early health education not only help them succeed academically, but prepare them for a lifetime of health and wellness.
Developing health skills is important in both the short- and long-term. In the short-term, based on behavior trends, health education needs to seek to affect areas such as nutrition, physical activity, depression, sleep, and motivation.
Evidence has demonstrated the correlation between health behaviors and academic success. Healthier students are better learners on all levels of academic achievement: academic performance, education behaviors, and cognitive skills and attitudes.
Long-term, the importance of emphasizing health education is even more apparent if one considers that 60% of overweight children are at greater risk of heart disease and that 1-in-3 adults could have diabetes by 2050.