Health Literacy

Every day we are all faced with questions, decisions, or tasks about our health.

How often should I exercise? What kinds of foods should I eat or avoid? How much sleep should I get each night? We all need a variety of skills to help make informed decisions for our health. These skills are referred to as health literacy, which empowers individuals and communities to take action for their health.

Building and applying these critical life skills early help children and youth make healthier lifestyle choices for their entire life. Health literacy skills help them manage chronic disease better, and communicate better with others, and participate more in health promotion activities.

We know that K-12 schools play an important role in developing health literacy in their students, but did you know that using whole-school, comprehensive school health approaches contributes to health literacy?

Explore the resources below to learn more about developing the health literacy of your students.

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