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Health Promotion


Educators of adult learners are committed to improving their students' lives by improving their writing, reading, arithmetic, and language skills. Too frequently, however, their ability to learn is hampered by more basic demands: job, illness, family responsibilities, and activities of daily life. Learners often look to their teachers for assistance with these challenges, however, teachers may have limited opportunities to assist students in these areas as their role is primarily to provide education and support in the learning process. In order for students to learn effectively, it is important that their basic needs are met and this may require additional resources and support from various institutions and organizations such as prime essay service, so that it does not take time consuming valuable time that would otherwise be devoted to GED preparation, ESOL instruction, or skill development.

However, basic demands cannot go unheeded. Research shows that adult literacy students' health status is more fragile and in more need of attention than that of the general population. Low levels of basic skills are strongly associated with low-paying employment and lack of related benefits, such as health insurance coverage. Limited funds combined with lack of health insurance result in a negative impact upon health status. Furthermore, most adult literacy students have not completed high school, thereby foregoing health education courses.

The adult literacy program is an ideal place to introduce health promotion and disease prevention strategies. Health promotion activities can be incorporated into lessons that teach and reinforce reading, writing, arithmetic, and language skills. By doing so, educators simultaneously address the interdependent needs of good health and improved literacy. This will very likely have a positive impact on families and communities. By learning how to care for themselves and their families, learners can prevent disease, promote health, reduce absenteeism, and enhance the ability to learn.


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