I believe that individuals’ health depends on many things. It may include many among others; How parents do raise their children, the behavior of individuals, their attitude towards health living, education and culture. To understand health education and its implication on the lives of human beings and the role it plays towards a better living for each individual. Health can be defined as the harmonious participation of body organs to act and play their role without any defect or outside influence. The body functions normally when each organ in the body are able to participate and function well with each other as they maintain to keep the body of any defects. Many people normally define health to be the absence of illness or a disease but its more than that as it includes the harmonious participation of all the body organs to function at their level best as they are supposed to do. Thus health education is the profession of enlighten people issues regarding their health and how to maintain a health life. Individuals are able to understand the principles that are vital to the ultimate maintenance of health body and to use available resources to acquire good health. People need to restore their deteriorating health through proper maintenance and planned experience from experts who offer life skills to individuals (Glen et al. 2011).
Health education and its importance
Health education strives to provide skills and expertise to individuals through knowledge sharing on the matter. It sensitizes on a good behavior change and proper diet maintenance to help the body organs work properly and in the right manner. Health education when offered at community level helps to improve individual and community health by increasing their knowledge and better understanding and practice of hoe to live in a health environment which is essential to the environment and their bodies. The main role played by health education on an individual and the community is to influence the living and working condition of people and how such factors affect their health. Health education when offered on a community level helps In the development of individual, community and the system put in line by the concerned authority to strategize better to improve health (Alters & Schiff, 2011).
The kind of food that people take influence greatly their health on a large extent as to the quantity and quality of food must be taken to consideration. For the body to function under its optimum level, its must acquire enough nutrients that are helpful to its wellbeing and coordination of body organs. When kids are born their mother feed them on a rich diet which is constituted by breast milk which is rich in minerals and nutrients that are useful for a health body growth and good health. As they grow their food apart from the breast milk is rich in growth nutrients that protect them against diseases and any kind of illness that may be life threatening to their life and that of their mother. Health eating is emphasized by doctors as the kind of food that people consume will greatly reveal their health. An individual should always consume a balanced diet that contains a certain amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and oils and not forgetting mineral salts. Doctors also emphasize on taking a considerable amount of water that is essential to a health body, it helps hydrate the body which cannot function well without water for a health life (Glen et al. 2011).
Importance on health education on an individual as well on the community as it helps to improve the health of individual and teaches them on maintaining a good health life and this follows the doctrine of a healthy nation is a developing one. Health education incorporates life skills to individuals that are later passed on to their young ones and this leads to a continuation of a healthy generation. Individual behavior is kept in check with a follow up of health guidelines and helps to prevent premature death among children and youths and enhances a quality living for all people. Health education is viewed as prevention measure as it reduces the chances of people contracting illnesses and other preventable ailments. A healthy life is cost saving as one is an individual does not incur high cost associated with hospital bills which result when one is sick and needs to seek medical attention. The country also benefits from a healthy population as most of the funds that would be directed towards paying hospital bills are channeled to development projects by the government. Companies also benefit from a healthy nation as they are able to hire a healthy workforce who can work optimum without any interruptions of sick leave and insurance payment for sick employees (Sharon, Plowman & Denise 2008).
Individual attitude and behavior must be as per good morals of the community. People must consume health foods that are essential to their body and the proper function of the body organs. It should be a habit for each person to keep their health in check as much as possible refrain from consumption of health threaten substances like alcohol and drugs. Smoking of cigarettes should be avoided as it interfere with body organs like the lungs and affect the environment through pollution. Expectant mothers are discouraged from smoking as it interferes with the health of the unborn child. Proper health education on the community helps to eradicate some individual vices that do not go to with the morals of the community and the health of all stakeholders (Lebel, 2003).
Culture may determine the health aspect of individuals and the communities at large, as people learn the importance of a health life. Culture and norms of the community dictate the type of living that people follow. An interactive culture that understands the importance of maintaining a health life is vital to the development of the community in general. People should exercise normally as it helps to strength the body and for proper muscle development. A strong body is not only vital but crucial to each individual as their body remains disciplined and functions well. In some communities where bad eating habits are prevalent the health of their kids is put at risk with issues like obesity increasing. Proper eating habits should be encouraged among kids as they most seem to fail in practicing healthy living with a good diet and body exercise. The young generation should be encouraged to take up sports and other outdoor activities like swimming as they will maintain a healthy and strong life (Alters & Schiff, 2011).
A healthy body is vital to each person as it helps the body organs to function and coordinate in a proper way. Thus health education is important to both an individual and the society. A healthy nation will develop well as its citizen possess healthy strong that provide the skills needed to run an industry or the country. Health education is able to enhance the quality of life for individuals and helps to reduce chances of premature deaths among people. Health education also discourages use of drugs and other harmful substances in the community with focus to improving the citizen health nationwide. Thus each and every one of us should practice healthy living to maintain a healthy strong body.