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National Health Education Week October 15-19 Sets Focus on Raising Healthier Adolescents

There has never been a greater need to improve the health of our nation’s young people than now. In the United States, the leading causes of adolescent death and disability are related to preventable health risk behaviors, including unhealthy dietary behaviors, sedentary lifestyles, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, unsafe sex, injury, and violence.

Improving the health and future of America’s youth is the focus of National Health Education Week (NHEW) 2012. During October 15-19, health education specialists and other health advocates across the country involved with the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) will work to raise awareness of adolescent health issues and empower young people to make informed health decisions. This year’s theme is “Adolescent Health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation.”

Resources, fact sheets and suggested activities for NHEW are available online at the SOPHE website. Each day of NHEW 2012 has a different theme related to adolescent health:

  • Monday, Oct. 15: Nutrition and Physical Activity: Action for healthy adolescents
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use: Integrating evidence-based strategies for prevention
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17: Sexual Health: Making the case for comprehensive sex education
  • Thursday, Oct. 18: Emerging Trends in Adolescent Injury and Violence
  • Friday, Oct. 19: Lesbian, Gay, & Transgender Youth: Embracing diversity and promoting inclusion

In addition, a planning guide and toolkit, sample press release, sample proclamation are available at

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