Vol. 2, Issue 11 (2015)
The impact of health education in improving a healthy life style of primary school pupils in Awka urban area of Anambra state
Author(s): Bosah Ifeoma Patience, Obidike Ngozi Diwunma, Okika Chinyere Love
Abstract: It has been alleged that despite the rich curricular provision of health education in Nigerian primary schools, the pupil’s healthy life style is still a major problem confronting our society. This study therefore, investigated the impact of health education in improving the healthy life style of primary school pupils in Awka urban Area of Anambra State. Survey research design was used for the study. 1200 primary six pupils constituted the population out of which a proportionate random sampling of 20% of primary six pupils was used. This gave rise to sample population of 240 primary six pupils. Questionnaire tagged “Questionnaire on Healthy Life Style” (QHLS) was used for data collection. Mean and standard deviation were used to analyze the data. The findings revealed that effective teaching of health education in primary schools in Awka urban area, improved the healthy life style of the pupils. Based on this finding the researchers recommended that the government both state and federal should through the Ministry of Education organize annually capacity building workshops and conferences for primary school teachers on improved teaching methods for teaching health education in primary schools for a sustainable development of a healthy lifestyle among primary school pupils.