Promoting healthy lifestyle choices in school
Health promotion is the process of helping people to make healthy lifestyle choices and motivating them to become better managers of their own health. School-based or school-linked health promotion, called Comprehensive School Health, is increasingly recognized as an effective way to coordinate efforts that promote health and prevent disease or other problems.
A comprehensive school health approach encourages people to think broadly across all sectors that make up their school or school district, and to develop a coordinated, whole school approach to planning, decision-making and program delivery.
There is evidence that the state of the school setting helps to determine health outcomes for the young people spending time there. This includes elements such as the social and physical environments, support services, and the education/curriculum.
Promoting healthy lifestyle choices
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