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National Health Education Week: October 19-23, 2020

National Health Education Week was created in 1995 as part of raising awareness of the importance of health education, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as well as in enhancing overall wellness. This year’s event runs from October 19-23, 2020, which includes numerous virtual and physical activities.

The weeklong event is also meant to spotlight health education specialists, as well as the registered healthcare professional community as well. These educators and frontline workers strengthen the quality of our lives, but also devote their respective time and efforts in helping us improve our health and fight chronic disease, across our communities and our nation.

Each year, roughly 75% of healthcare spending goes toward that of care for cancer and diabetes. Educating in health literacy, as well as focusing on preventative treatments and health tips, has proven to be important when attacking these diseases.

As much of the week is devoted to healthy bodies, it also focuses on healthy minds and healthy perceptions as well. Events also center on race awareness, socio-economic status and discrimination.

Spearheading the weeklong event is the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), which it has done for a staggering 22 years. SOPHE is holding a different webinar each day, from 2-3 pm (ET), which you must register for, in observation of the week. Monday, Oct. 19, kicks things off with a Equity and Anti-Racism Approaches to Public Health webinar, followed by Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, Mental Health & Mindfulness (Oct. 21), Health Literacy: Words Matter (Oct. 22) and, on Friday, Oct. 23, A Snapshot of Health Education and Promotion.

For more information, be sure to visit https://www.sophe.org/ and join in on the conversation on social using, #NHEW and #NHEW2020.

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