Recognising the importance of World Health Day


Every year on 7 April, the World Health Organisation marks World Health Day, designed to raise awareness of key health issues across the planet.

From its inception in 1948 at the First Health Assembly, it has been used to highlight key health issues and themes, including child care, climate change and mental health.

This year promises to be no different and although World Health Day falls on a Sunday, primary teachers and secondary teachers can still use it to bring health to the attention of their pupils.

From honest and open debates and discussion in the classroom to interactive activities, it’s a chance for primary teachers and secondary teachers to focus on science, healthy living and the important role of healthcare.

The WHO is striving to deliver universal health coverage across the world, but millions of people still lack access to basic healthcare.

Universal coverage is the key theme for 2019 and teachers may wish to look at health coverage around the world and to discuss ways it can be bettered.

It’s also a fantastic opportunity to focus on health and how it impacts on many of the major subject areas, including in geography, science and business.

On top of this, World Health Day can also be used to highlight the importance of healthy eating, the role of a balanced diet and the need for regular exercise especially for primary teachers.

This is especially the case when government reports reveal that childhood obesity is a growing problem in the UK – data from 2018 shows that the rate of severe obesity among Year 6 children is at its highest ever level.