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Youth Health Promotion

The National Health Promotion Strategy (2000-2005) identified a range of population groups, settings and topics for health promotion action.  This strategy clearly named youth organisations and the out-of-school settings as having an essential role in promoting health with young people.  Children and young people were identified as priortity population groups and the youth sector was identified as a key setting for health promotion.  Specifically, a strategic aim was "to continue to develop and promote the role of health promotion within the youth sector" , while one of the objectives was to "facilitate youth organisations and relevant bodies to address the health needs of young people identified as being 'at risk' ". This strategy identified the National Youth Health Programme as continuing to have a key role and responsibility for the provision of health promotion training for groups and youth workers using both a topics and settings approach.

Definition of Health

"Health is the extent to which an individual or group is able, on the one hand, to realise aspirations and satisfy needs; and on the other hand, to change or cope with the environment... A resource for life, not an object of living; it is a positive concept emphasising social and personal resources as well as physcial capabilities".(WHO 1986)

The dimensions of health include:

  • Physical health;
  • Mental health;
  • Social health;
  • Emotional health;
  • Spiritual health;
  • Sexual health;
  • Societal health;
  • Environmental health;

Health Promotion is "the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health". (WHO 1986)

Health Promotion Aims to:
Empower individuals and communities towards better health through supportive environments.

Health Promotion is aimed at:

  • Individuals;
  • Communities;
  • Organisations;
  • populations;
  • Health Issues.

Health Promotion is Achieved through:

  • Advocacy;
  • Mediation;
  • Enablement;
  • Health Education;
  • Organisational Development;
  • Community Development;
  • Policy Development;
  • Research;
  • Professional Development;
  • Legal and Economic Regulation.