ERIC Number: EJ1145094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The Value of College Health Promotion: A Critical Population and Setting for Improving the Public's Health
Lederer, Alyssa M.; Oswalt, Sara B.
American Journal of Health Education, v48 n4 p215-218 2017
College students are an important priority population, and higher education is an opportune setting for chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Yet many people do not understand why enhancing the well-being of college students is of value. In this commentary, we address 3 common misperceptions about college health promotion: (1) College students are privileged and do not reflect most of the United States population; (2) college students are generally healthy; and (3) it is not the university's responsibility to focus on students' health. We contend that in actuality, college students increasingly represent the US population; that college students struggle with numerous health concerns and are in fact unhealthier than many other subpopulations; and that institutions of higher education are a unique setting that can not only improve the health of a large segment of the US population but that doing so is actually integral to the mission of higher education. Topics that merit additional research are discussed in an effort to further enhance college health promotion practice.
Descriptors: Public Health, Health Promotion, College Students, Higher Education, Diseases, Prevention, Well Being
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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