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"...It increasingly appears that the goal of education is to prepare students for more education. We seem to think that students will learn to practice wellbeing at some mythical point later in life. In modern education wellbeing is commonly sacrificed in the name of standardized test scores, college admissions, and resume building. Why aren't we teaching students how to practice wellbeing now? If we believe they will learn it at some point in the future, who do we think will teach them?"

Read more in this eloquent, and in my opinion, spot on piece about the relationship between education and wellbeing.

More young women are inquiring about egg freezing procedures in Britain than ever before. Professor Geeta Nargund calls on the government to start teaching our schoolgirls (and boys) about fertility in the classroom.
By Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical director of Create Fertility

Britain is facing a fertility time bomb. Around one in six couples now have trouble conceiving.

Infertility can be distressing for all affected – but particularly the woman. It can be made all the more agonising by the knowledge that, had they been armed with more information at an earlier stage, any problems might have been avoided.

Through my work at St George’s Hospital and at my own IVF clinic, I have witnessed the shock and agony on the faces of women who realise they have left it too late to start a family.

For many of them the news comes as a genuine surprise and the sense of devastation and regret can be overwhelming.

These experiences are a world away from the everyday concerns of secondary school pupils. But in my opinion educating our young people about their fertility is the first step towards preventing infertility.

The heartache I have seen has made me determined to do what I can to push for changes in education that will help young women take control of their fertility.

We have been successful in reducing teenage pregnancies through education on contraception – conception rates in England and Wales are now at their lowest since records began (although there’s still a need for well-rounded ‘relationships education’ for the internet age).

We must give girls the option to plan fertility like their careers (Alamy)

But conception and contraception are two sides of the same coin.

We need to empower our young people by providing them with fertility education, so they can plan when to have a family, just as they might plan their career path.

Addressing fertility can give young women the power to ‘have it all.’ This is only possible when women have accurate information about their fertility health, giving them the chance to think ahead.

At the most basic level young women (and men) need to understand the fundamental facts about their fertility.

Facts that seem familiar to us – such as the decline of female fertility from the age of 35 - are little known among secondary school children.

In my role as a school governor, I’ve seen that there is even less awareness that issues such body weight, smoking, alcohol, drugs, STDs and thyroid problems can have a direct effect on fertility.

I would advise young women to find out more about their own family history. I’d urge them to speak to their mothers openly: knowing her age of menopause can give a broad indication of your own likely fertility window.

Egg freezing inquiries have risen by 400 per cent

The next generation deserves better. They have a right to up to date, accurate, unbiased information on the technology available.

This should cover modern fertility testing – where results are now available much faster in a ‘one-stop’ test; safer 'mild IVF' that uses lower doses of fertility drugs; and new egg freezing techniques.

Soaring numbers of young women are now inquiring about putting their eggs on ice – interest has risen by 400 per cent over the past year.

We owe it to girls to educate them in the option of preserving their fertility and tell them what it involves, whether they want to delay motherhood for medical or social reasons.

Above all else, this is an issue of gender equality.

It’s a debate that rightly focuses on equal pay and job opportunities. But for women to thrive in the workplace, health equality is also essential. It’s something that companies such as Apple and Facebook have recognised – offering their female employees egg freezing as a benefit.

New technology means women are a step closer to achieving equality, by being able to preserve their fertility for a later stage in their lives. But such technology is only useful if girls and young are educated about their options. We need to prepare them for happier and healthier lives across the board.

This is something which touches on us all. The cost burden to the NHS of providing IVF treatment stands at some £400 million, and is only set to rise. Some of this could be avoided by early education.

To this end I am a calling on the government to add fertility - as part of sex education or 'life lesson' classes - to the secondary school curriculum.

I believe that complete reproductive education, including fertility issues, is the right of all our young people.

We need to shift the conversation from treatment to prevention in fertility as a matter of urgency. It's something that could take up to a generation to achieve. We must start now. [The Telegraph

*Professor Geeta Nargund is founder and medical director of Create Fertility, and Senior Consultant Gynaecologist and Lead Consultant for Reproductive Medicine services at St George’s Hospital, London.
EXAMS! Too much pressure. SATs this week and children as young as 10 worry that doing badly in their school SATs tests could set them up for failure in their lives, new research shows.

Pupil stress: in numbers:

55% of pupils were worried exam failure would hurt their future

68% of pupils said they felt pressured at exam time

74% of parents said their children were under more pressure than they were at that age [The Independent. 11.5.15]

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Fact: Anxiety is a condition that can affect anyone. Recent research suggests that as many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their lives. [Anxiety UK]

A plea - to make mental health a subject that is openly discussed and acknowledged with the children and young people in your life every day of the year not just this week.
Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems yet 1 in 10 children between the ages of 5-16 have a clinically diagnosed mental illness.
Chronic conditions such as childhood obesity, asthma, and attention-deficit disorder have all increased over the past few decades.

·      The UK has the highest rate of child obesity in Western Europe, which is estimated to cost the NHS about £4.2bn a year.   
       (National Child Measurement Statistics, 2012-2013)

·       Outdoor activity in the natural environment has taken a back seat to television, video games, the computer, and a demanding
        schoolwork and extracurricular schedule.

·       7 – 16 year olds using the Internet do so on average for almost two hours a day, and access it more than five days a week. 

         Children also watch an average of 2.5 hours of TV a day with the under 5s spending an average of two hours a day watching
        (Childwise Monitor 2012/13)

·       Children are spending less time in their local neighbourhoods and have less friends that they can play with (Play England)

·       Children’s ability to play outside has been greatly reduced due to safety concerns

·       Children’s decreasing connection to nature means that they are less likely to feel the need to protect it

A 2013 National Children’s Bureau Report showed that children growing up in poverty are nine times less likely to have access to green space. They have far fewer places to play and tend to live in environments with poor air quality. Boys living in deprived areas are three times more likely to be obese than boys growing up in wealthy areas and girls are twice as likely, which has serious consequences for their long-term health as they are more vulnerable to diseases such as diabetes.
(Great Expectations, NCB, 2013)

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