Selected Topics On Pre-K-6 Health Education: From Research to Practice


Cecilia S. Obeng, PhD
Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, IN, USA

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU029070

This book discusses health education for children, particularly for preschool and elementary age children. This area of health education among children is very important because of a recent increase in childhood health problems such as obesity and type-2 diabetes. All chapters are based on research on data collected on the experiences of parents and teachers in childcare/preschools, elementary schools, and on the author’s personal experience as a practitioner.

The early years are the most important years in a child’s life and because of that, preschool health education should not focus on teachers and children only, but should also help parents as well. Based on the scholarly work in the area of health education in the early years, the following recommendations are made: Although teachers see health activities as important, some teachers are focusing on personal health only; educators can do better if they cover physical activity, nutrition, emotional health issues, and other health-related topics in their classrooms. Integrating physical activities in every facet of children’s classrooms will help curb some childhood health problems. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 – Parents’ Feelings on Under-Aged Children’s Association with and Consumption of Alcohol (pp. 1-10)

Chapter 2 – Immigrant Children’s Schooling in the United States (pp. 11-22)

Chapter 3 – Health Lessons in Early Elementary Classrooms (pp. 23-36)

Chapter 4 – Health Activities in Preschool Classrooms: Do Preschool Children Get Enough Information about Healthy Living Behavior in Their Classrooms? (pp. 37-46)

Chapter 5 – Families with Children with Special Needs (pp. 47-58)

Chapter 6 – Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in the Classroom (pp. 59-70)

Chapter 7 – Immigrants Share Their Childcare/Preschool Health-Related Experiences in the US (pp. 71-76)

Part Two Teaching Ideas

Background and Introduction

Personal Health Activities

Encouraging Healthy Eating

Socio-cultural Sensitivities in the Early Care Classroom: Managing Emotional Related Problems in Culturally Diverse Early Care Settings


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