Personal skills that underline the decision to eat a salad or a hamburger, to put on a condom or hope for the best, to reach for a beer or reach out to a friend, to follow instructions on a medical leaflet or discard it, to trust vaccine regulators or a Facebook post, is a skill – or the absence of one.
Why do we leave this type of decision making to chance when it has such broad implications and when there are easy, and very cost effective solutions?
The poor relation: health education in English schools is written by Chloe Lowry and co authored by Anant Jani, Dame Alison Peacock, David Gregson, Dr Lisa-Maria Müller, John Rees and Bounce Forward CEO Lucy Bailey.
The paper offers a reasoned argument for greater investment in health education and in schools as primary care providers. It forms part of a series published by the Journal of Royal Society of Medicine.
Read the full discussion published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine here.
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