Importance of Health and Media Literacy

Research shows that health education has a positive impact on health behaviors as well as academic achievement and that the effective means on improving the health literacy were much ensuring which health education were included in the curriculum in all different levels in education.

US schools educate 54 million students daily and can provide not only an outlet to promote healthy behaviors for children and adolescents, but a place for them to engage in these behaviors, including eating healthily and participating in physical activity.

Although the research suggests and tell that the children’s way of eating are being formed even prior of entering the classroom—young children may have their dietary preferences as early as 2 in age based upon the food choices of their parents—health education plays an important role in establishing a lifelong healthy manner earlier.

The importance of media literacy as applies to health education

Self-esteem patterns also develop in early childhood, although they fluctuate as kids gain new experiences and perceptions. Because media messages can influence unhealthy behaviors, especially in adolescents, a comprehensive health education program must include not only health knowledge, but media literacy as it relates to psychological and physical health behaviors as well.

Media awareness, Andersen explains, may help teach the students different techniques in order to counter the marketing programs which prey upon their insecurities promoting negative behavior, can facilitate positive attitudes, can explode stereotypes and can help the students to learn on how they can absorb and then question the media-conveyed details and information.Get more details from

Because our perceptions of ourselves and others develop early, and because we live in such a media-inundated world, it is important that we address the conflicts inherent in media values versus our own values with our children and adolescents first, in a factual, positive, and coherent way.

What teaching health and media literacy can do?

fitnessTeaching health education comprehensively in today’s rapidly changing world is important for fostering skills that students will carry with them for the rest of their lives, including:

  • Developing positive body affirmations – Accepting their bodies, accepting other’s bodies, and showing respect for one another. A good exercise would be to have them write down good things about each other – without the words beautiful, or descriptions of size, as well as what they love about themselves – both physical and character traits.
  • Understanding the importance of eating right – And that it’s not about “dieting.” Perhaps the biggest misconception is that as long as a person loses weight, it doesn’t matter what they eat. But it does, and being thin and being healthy are not the same thing. What you are eating may affects what diseases you be able to develop, regardless what your size is, and diet which may help on you to lose weight (especially quickly) can be very harmful to your health over time.
  • Understanding the importance of exercise – People who eat right but do not exercise, for instance, it may technically at its healthy weight, however their level of fitness doesn’t match. This means that they may carry too much visceral (internal) fat and not enough muscle.

Decoding the overload of overbearing messages is pertinent to the health of our minds and bodies and teaching these skills early will help kids to practice and maintain life-lengthening and positive behaviors for the rest of their lives.