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Health Education

Health education is the discipline dedicated to designing, implementing, and evaluating health programs and materials that improve the health of individuals, families, and communities. Health education is one of the tools of health promotion. A goal of health education is to provide individuals with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make healthier lifestyle choices. Health education takes place in a variety of settings, such as schools; health care facilities; businesses; nonprofit organizations; and local, state, and federal health agencies. A certified health education specialist (CHES) is a person who has met the standards of competence established by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and has successfully passed the CHES examination.

see also Health; Health Communication; Health Promotion.

Delores C. S. James

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National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. "What Is a Certified Health Education Specialist?" Available from <>

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health education n. methods used to inform people about health issues and to persuade and enable them to adopt lifestyles that the educators believe will improve health and to reject habits regarded as harmful to health.