The American Association for Health Education serves health educators and other professionals who promote the health of all people through education and health promotion strategies.
SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION is more important today than at any time in the history of our nation. Mortality and morbidity rates show clearly that health problems are reaching our youth in increasing numbers. Among youth and young adults, only four causes account for nearly three-quarters of all mortality and a great amount of morbidity and social problems. Motor vehicle crashes cause 29% of all deaths among this age group (40% of these are alcohol related), homicide causes 20%, suicide causes 12%, and other injuries (such as from falls, fires, drownings) cause 11%. Although not characterized in these mortality statistics, every year nearly one quarter of all new HIV infections, one quarter of all new infections with other sexually transmitted diseases, and nearly one million pregnancies occur among our nation's teenagers. New Texas statistics show that 22% of 4th graders, 19% of 8th graders, and 16% of 11th graders are overweight to obese and Type II Diabetes virtually unheard of in children 10 years ago is appearing in children as young as 5 years old. This new epidemic of obesity and physical inactivity as declared by the U.S. Surgeon General, sets up today’s youth for severe chronic disease as adults and our nation at risk for financial ruin in the wake of the medical costs from the casualties of this social war.
Coordinated School Health (CSH) is a systemic approach of advancing student academic performance by promoting, practicing and coordinating school health education and services for the benefit and well-being of students in establishing healthy behaviors designed to last their lifetime.