Health Literacy?

lincoln / 20 - Inside Higher Ed

This article, entitled "A Different Kind of Test," is about Lincoln U.'s graduation requirement that its students have a BMI below 30 or complete a "Fitness for Life" class. Setting aside the potential legal implications, it is an interesting method for ensuring that students are informed, that is educated, about health.

The chair of Lincoln's Health department is quoted, "This country’s in the midst of an obesity epidemic and African-Americans are hit hard by obesity and diabetes. We need to address this problem directly with our students.”
(Lincoln University is an HBCU.)
Seems like cultural literacy is also at play in this decision.

Health education has historically been a requirement in the public school system. What do you think of health/cultural literacy as a requirement on the university level?

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