Wellness Education provides information and activities that will better prepare students to make healthy choices in their teenage years and in adulthood. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.
The Surgeon General’s report on Physical Activity and Health indicates that by including moderate amounts of physical activity in their daily lives, individuals can substantially improve their health and quality of life.
Wellness classes are an important part of education because we learn to care for aspects of our physical, mental, emotional, and social well being. This will contribute to a student’s ability to successfully adopt and practice behaviors that protect and promote health, and avoid or reduce health risks.