What's Health Education? - Duke's Materia Tonica
Health education is the study of how to support, maintain, and promote the functioning, healing, growth and development of the body, emotions, mind, and spirit through personally seeking wellness as a cumulative process towards greater well-being.
Health education includes various facets of personal activity:
- Hygiene: wearing clean clothing, washing hands regularly, bathing, and removing bodily wastes.
- Bodily functions: studying the functions of various individual systems, organs, glands, and tissues, including how they work together.
- Nutrition: eating food, drinking liquids, taking dietary supplements, using medicinal remedies, avoiding intoxicants and not using recreational drugs.
- Lifestyle: encompassing daily activities, friendships, neighbors, workplace, sports, fitness, and overall development of character.
- Emotions: understanding feelings, communicating emotions, and practicing empathy and compassion.
- Mind: becoming aware of thoughts and developing methods of understanding subjects and seeking higher education.
- Spirit: cultivating the view of one's life in relation to their own self, the environment, world, and cosmos.
Health Education is Not to be Confused with Medical Education
Health education is not the medical education of diseases and conditions, for example: treating and managing heart disease with drugs and/or fasting from certain foods is not understanding how to maintain and promote heart health with nutrients and superfoods.
Health Education is Not to be Confused with Public Health Education
Public health education is the study of sanitation in personal residences, community facilities, and the environment. Examples of public health sanitation include: kitchen and bathroom cleanliness, sewage systems, garbage collections, and cleaning buildings and maintaining the integrity of the environment and fostering a sustainable ecosystem.