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Health Education is an integral part of community health programs, therefore, Health Educators provide information to individuals and communities in an effort to promote, maintain, and improve healthy lifestyles. Some of the issues that are of importance include substance abuse, safety, HIV/STD's, nutrition, high blood pressure, smoking, pregnancy, and diabetes.
The Health Educator in Okfuskee County is also responsible for collecting and analyzing data for the purpose of researching, designing, and presenting preventative health care programs. These individuals are involved in community coalitions in order to address concerns and issues that effect the health of communities. Health Educators are often responsible for writing educational material, newsletters, public information reports, and grant proposals. They specialize in various areas that include clinical health, public health, community health, industrial health, and school health. The main objective for a health educator is to prevent disease and promote healthy lifestyles through knowledge and behavior change.
Healthy & Fit School Advisory Committee
A Healthy & Fit School Advisory Committee is an advisory group of at least six individuals who represent segments of the community (teacher, coach, student, administrator, parent, school nurse, health care professional, community member, food service personnel, custodian, school bus driver, school secretary, school counselor). The group acts collectively to provide advice to the school regarding school health issues. HFSAC are committed to creating healthy school environments so students may reach their learning potential.
Why do we need to get a HFSAC started?
Okfuskee County provides a school nurse for the Okemah School Systems. The school nurse provides the following services:
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