Summary of Study Session 1

In Study Session 1, you have learned that:

  1. Health is a broad concept containing several different aspects. Physical and mental health issues are often interrelated and wellness is expressed through the integration of mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social health components.
  2. Health education will always be a really important part of your work as a Health Extension Practitioner. It can be defined as, ‘Any combination of learning experiences designed to facilitate voluntary action conducive to health’. You can use health education in your local community to promote health enhancing behaviour and help people make decisions using their own initiative.
  3. The principles of health education focus on diagnosis, participation and the involvement of your community members. As you practice your health education activities you will be able to use a mix of media and educational methods when planning and organising your sessions.

Self-Assessment Questions (SAQs) for Study Session 1