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About Health Promoting Schools

The purpose of the health promoting schools is to create enabling environments for future generations to gain knowledge and skills in caring and improving their health, as well as the health of theris families and communities by applying the principles of the health promotinon in settings where people learn, enjoy, live and work.

The promotion of health in school settings has a long and diverse history. Health education contents were introduced into the school curricula over time, as well as health care services such as medical examinations, with special attention to early detection of hearing and vision problems that may limit learning, updates of the immunization schedule, oral and dental care and deworming. Advances in health promotion during the 80's, were applied in certain priority settings, such as schools, municipalities and communities, and others.

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Health Promoting Schools in 1995, in line with the mechanisms for health promotion established in the Ottawa Charter in 1986.

Registro 2011 de Iniciativas de Promoción de Salud en el ámbito Escolar

La información del Registro ayuda a monitorear la situación de los programas y políticas de salud en las escuelas, articuladas a través de distintas iniciativas como: Escuelas Promotoras de Salud (EPS), Health and Family Life Education (HFLE), Escuelas amigables y saludables o similares. En la edición de 2009 se registró información de 14 países. En 2011, se dispone de indicadores estandarizado de Argentina, Belice, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, México, República Dominicana, Uruguay, Panamá, Perú y Suriname.

El informe de situación con los datos aportados por los países en el Registro bianual de Iniciativas de Promoción de Salud en el ámbito Escolar, será preparado por la OPS/OMS y difundido en esta misma página de internet.

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The Concept of Good Health Promotion Practices in School Settings

The Concept of Good Health Promotion Practices in School Settings
Insittuto PROINAPSA Universidad Intenacional de Santander,  2005

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WHO's Global School Health Initiative

WHO's Global School Health Initiative
World Health Organization, 1998

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Health Promoting Schools: Strategies and Lines of Action 2003-2012

Health Promoting Schools: Strategies and Lines of Action 2003-2012
Pan American Health Organization, 2003

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