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Parents Want To Expand Health Education

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Health education should definitely include more topics. After all our bodies are our most precious possession. I think mental health and nutrition needs to be covered especially in the modern age of child obesity and teenage suicide.
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Two-thirds of parents polled say schools should definitely cover emotional and mental health issues — which may include such subjects as dealing with depression, stress and bullying — yet only a third say these topics are currently covered by their child’s school.

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I remember health back when I was in school. It was just about how our bodies were changing. It was pretty embarrassing. I don't think kids pay too much attention to these types of classes. You get more info from your friends.
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They clearly perceive a gap between what their children need and what they are receiving in the area of mental health education, as well as basic first aid and CPR.
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I remember health back when I was in school. It was just about how our bodies were changing. It was pretty embarrassing. I don't think kids pay too much attention to these types of classes. You get more info from your friends.
I think that is why they want to expand the educational program. They would rather someone qualified address the issue early and the correct way.
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Pollsters cited several barriers to expanding health education. They include core academic requirements, student and parent choices for elective classes, and the cost of hiring more teachers. The researchers suggested schools recruit local health care professionals to provide CPR and first-aid training to students.
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But schools may seek other strategies such as recruiting health care professionals from local hospitals or clinics or nonprofits to offer occasional sessions on first aid or CPR. Schools with onsite health centers may ask those staff to expand their educational sessions.

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Pollsters questioned a random sampling of parents with at least one child between 11 and 18 years of age. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 to 4 percentage points.

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