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Author: Dr. Rodica Nicolescu

Category: Medical


WHO promotes school health programmes as a strategic means to prevent important health risks among youth and to engage the education sector in efforts to change the educational, social, economic and political conditions that affect risk. Schools can contribute to improving the health and well-being of

Childhood and adolescence offer huge opportunities for health gains through both prevention and early clinical intervention. Preventive interventions undertaken in developmental phases often have greater benefits than interventions to reduce risk and restore health in adults. In this respect, schools represent a very attractive setting for health promotion. Most children and young people attend school, professional educators are in place, and most school communities are microcosms of the larger community, providing opportunities for children to develop and practice the skills necessary to support a healthy life-style [1]. In response to this opportunity, the precepts of contemporary health promotion have been synthesized into the ‚health-promoting school’ model, which is guided by a holistic view of health and by the principles of equity and empowerment [2]. Although there are different conceptions of the model, the key components are: the formal curriculum, the social climate, the physical environment, the policies and practices of the school, school health services, and the school-home-community interaction [3]. The health-promoting school model offers a comprehensive, systematic approach to health promotion in the school setting, which is widely accepted internationally. An effective school health programme can be one of the most cost effective investments a nation

children and young people. School offers many opportunities for children and young people to develop a positive outlook on life and a healthy lifestyle. Health promoting schools contribute to schools achieving their main goals – the provision of good education and clear standards and fewer dropouts.

Keywords: Healthy Schools, Health promoting


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