Health education is imparted with the aim of improving the health of an individual or a group of individuals.
Importance of Health Education: Many are the blessings of imparting health education. Health education enables a person to remain physically fit and in proper health.
Health education also teaches about the emotional and mental health of the student. A healthy person is the happiest person in the world.
A healthy person can enjoy life fully. He can carry out his duties in a responsible manner. He is an asset to the family, the society and to the entire nation. He is always full of energy. He lives a long and happy life. A healthy peasant is happier than a monarch without health.
Health education encourages a person to make healthy choices. They are instructed to avoid unhealthy habits. ‘A sound mind lives in a sound body’. Rabindranath Tagore and C.V. Raman, if they were confined to sick bed, could not have won the Nobel Prize. In fact, a sickly student with all his talents and abilities lags behind in the race of life.
Health education brings positive changes in the mind of the student. There are high chances that they would never get caught in the deadly habits of smoking, alcoholism, drug addition, etc.
Neglect of the laws of health is the cause of misery. An unhealthy man lives a miserable life. With all his riches, pomp and power he is the poorest of the poor. He can neither enjoy peace of mind nor sound sleep at night. The world has no charm for him.
Through health education, students are encourages to follow the rules for the preservation of health. Healthy habits should be formed in childhood and youth. We should be moderate in eating and drinking. We should be wise in the choice of plain, wholesome and simple food. Over-eating is worse than no eating. We should get plenty of sleep and get up early in the morning. It is our duty to take regular physical exercise, and to have regular baths for keeping our bodies clean.
Conclusion: Health education is important because health is a great boon to human life. Through health education, students are instructed to adapt the habit of good health and to improve the individual and public health of the country.