From Pre-K to college, education is an important factor in good health. Teachers, students, parents, and other members of the educational community can have an important impact on the health of Mississippi’s students. If you are part of the educational community, you can use UPRoot to promote health consciousness inside the classroom. Teachers can develop lessons that focus on some of the issues that contribute to good health, including the social determinants of health. Students can plan events and initiatives to develop a culture of health on their campuses. Regardless of the age of your students, health literacy should be a component of education, as education is a critical determinant of health status. You can learn more about the health issues affecting our state and how the educational community is part of the solution.
If you are in the K-12 community, make sure your public-school district has an active school health council. If you are in the collegiate community, you can work to make your campus healthier by advocating for increased access to healthy food options and exercise in addition to organizing efforts to raise awareness of the social determinants of health.