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.
Thank you for helping us celebrate National Health Education Week (NHEW) 2012, "Adolescent Health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation." NHEW 2012 may have concluded, but our goal to promote and establish healthy behaviors among our nation's youth still continues!
Each day of NHEW 2012 featured a different theme related to adolescent health. These include:
- Monday, Oct. 15: Nutrition and Physical Activity: Action for healthy adolescents
- Tuesday, Oct. 16: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use: Integrating evidence-based strategies for prevention
- Wednesday, Oct. 17: Sexual Health: Making the case for comprehensive sex education
- Thursday, Oct. 18: Emerging Trends in Adolescent Injury and Violence
- Friday, Oct. 19: Lesbian, Gay, & Transgender Youth: Embracing diversity and promoting inclusion
The NHEW 2012 highlights include:
- SOPHE kicked-off NHEW 2012 with a live Twitter chat, held in partnership with The Center for American Progress, Health Education & Behavior, Healthy Schools Campaign, National Association of County and City Health Officials, The Partnership at Drugfree.org, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United State, and U.S. Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health. During the chat, hundreds of tweets were shared using hashtag #NHEWchat. To view the Twitter chat transcript, click here.
- Evelyn M. Kappeler, Director of HHS's Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), kicked-off Wednesday's theme on Sexual Health: Making the case for comprehensive sex education with a live webinar titled, "Adolescent Health: Partnerships in Practice." Kappeler provided an overview of the OAH and discussed the new evidence-based initiative to reduce teen pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and risky sexual behavior among adolescents. To view the webinar recording and presentation slides at SOPHE's CORE by visiting www.sophe.org/education.cfm.
During NHEW 2012, SOPHE also promoted the field of health education and honored our health education specialists. In honor of this week, we recognized 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. Click here to learn more about the 2012 Heroes in Health Education honorees.
With your partnership, NHEW 2012 raised awareness of adolescent health and wellness with many health advocates across the country! We look forward to your continued support and hope that you keep spreading the word about "Adolescent Health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation." The resources (see below) developed for NHEW 2012 can be used throughout the year and beyond to educate communities on ways to improve adolescent health.
NHEW 2012 Planning Guide and Toolkit (updated 11/2/12)
NHEW 2012 Logo - Download (Download Instructions: Right-click download link. Choose "Save Link As." Save to your computer.
Enter for a Chance to Win!
Tell us how you celebrated NHEW 2012 by completing the NHEW 2012 Evaluation Form. By completing the evaluation, you will be entered into the NHEW 2012 Drawing for a chance to win a one-year free SOPHE membership (up to $165). Any organizaiton or individual may apply, but up to one winner will be selected only. To enter the drawing, please complete all the questions on the evaluation form by November 29, 2012. The winner will be notified by December 14, 2012. Click here to view the NHEW 2012 Evaluation Form.
Past NHEW themes include:
2011 - Health Literacy: Gateway to Improving the Public's Health
2010 - A Tobacco Free Nation through Health Education
2009 – Let's Dish: Food Safety at the Table
2008 - Healthy Aging: Live Long, Live Well
2007- Finding the Key: Healthier Homes and Communities
2006 – Healthy Kids: Creating Safe Communities and Schools
2005 – Healthy Choices: Family Life Education
2004 – Healthy Eating: Every Bite Counts
2003 – Every Step Counts
National Health Education Week 2011 Planning Guide/Toolkit
Most Recent National Health Education Week Materials:
The 2011 National Health Education Week theme, "Health Literacy: Gateway to Improving the Public's Health," focused national attention on the importance of health literacy and the critical role individuals, organizations, and communities can play in improving health literacy.
National Health Education Week 2010 Planning Guide/Toolkit
The 2010 National Health Education Week theme, "A Tobacco Free Nation through Health Education," focused national attention on a major public health issue and promotes consumers’ understanding of the role of health education in promoting the public’s health. Each day of the week highlighted a different area of tobacco prevention and control along with resources and materials centered on that subject. Specifically this toolkit calls attention to the importance of tobacco prevention, cessation, and control in improving the health of individuals and communities.
National Health Education Week 2009 Planning Guide/Toolkit
The 2009 National Health Education Week toolkit, Let’s Dish: Food Safety at the Table, emphasizes the importance and relevance of food safety, explains the role of health education in food safety, and provides examples of how health educators can address this important topic in their communities. More specifically, this toolkit outlines recent food safety news, identifies common foodborne pathogens, highlights at-risk populations, and provides case examples of how to reach members of a community in a variety of settings.
National Health Education Week 2008 Planning Guide/Toolkit
National Health Education Week 2008, Healthy Aging: Living Long, Living Well, called attention to the importance of healthy aging for the nation and the critical role health education and health educators can play in achieving a healthy aging population. In order to address these concerns, SOPHE developed a toolkit to help individuals, organizations, and communities develop campaigns that promote healthy aging. Campaign planners can use this guide to plan activities throughout the year and evaluate the success of their programs.
National Health Education Week 2007, Finding the Key: Healthier Homes and Communities, highlighted the importance of environmental health literacy across the nation and the critical role that health education and health educators can play in creating safe homes, schools, and communities. In observance of this theme, SOPHE organized a variety of educational activities and resources for professionals and the public and, for the first time, extended the focus to a year-long campaign.