/en/file/world-health-day-epaleWorld Health Day EPALE
7 April is celebrated internationally as World Health Day – a day for raising awareness around various public health issues. There is a lot that adult education can do to help improve people’s health and well-being, which is why EPALE’s special focus this week is health literacy. Health literacy relates to the skills necessary to find, read, comprehend and apply healthcare information, to make appropriate health decisions and follow treatment instructions.
Between 70% to 80% of all healthcare costs in the EU (around €700 billion) is currently spent on chronic diseases, but many of these, such as cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes, are preventable if people are educated to make healthy lifestyle choices.
In 2015 the European health literacy survey collected data from eight countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain). The results showed that 59% of the respondents have insufficient or limited health literacy. You can learn more about the survey in the video below:
Interested in health literacy? We have gathered some great articles and resources on the topic from across Europe.
Case study: Skills for true well‐being - Welness