People with good health often take it for granted.
But a healthy lifestyle is something that most people need to work at. And that’s where Health Educators come in. They help people learn to take responsibility for their own well-being.
Either one-on-one...or in groups... these professionals meet with clients... and assess their needs.
They then develop a program or approach to address those needs.
This can range from teaching about making better food choices…
...to explaining how to cope with a specific illness.
They may prepare and distribute health education materials such as reports, bulletins, films, videotapes, posters and photographs.
Excellent inter-personal skills are essential. You must be able to explain complex concepts in ways that are easy for the average person to grasp.
In addition, it’s important to put clients at ease. Many people are reluctant to discuss very personal health issues. A friendly and compassionate disposition is helpful.
To become a health educator, you need to have a thorough understanding of the issues you handle. Many people in this field have a master’s degree.
This is a growing profession, with opportunities in government, educational institutions, and private companies.
As our country continues to move towards putting more focus on PREVENTING illness, Health Educators will play a vital role in helping people live longer... and better.