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  1. Trends in health behaviours, health outcomes and contextual factors between 1998-2014: findings from the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study

    The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) trends report presents findings on indicators of children’s health and wellbeing between 1998 and 2014. The report is divided into three sections: health behaviours, health outcomes and contexts of children’s lives.

  2. A practical guide to developing and implementing school policy on diet and physical activity

    The guide builds on the World Health Organization (WHO) School Policy Framework on Diet and Physical Activity. It is a practical instrument that facilitates the adoption, adaptation and operationalization of the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (DPAS) School Policy Framework. It focuses on governmental action to improve dietary practice and increase physical activity in the school setting at national and subnational levels through action on environment, behaviour and education. …

  3. National school meals and nutrition strategy 2017-2022

    This document outlines a strategy for the design and implementation of nutrition-sensitive school meals in Kenya. It is based on the commitment of the Government of Kenya to ensure that school children are well nourished and healthy and are able to learn and develop to their full potential. The national government commits to strengthening the National School Meals and Nutrition Programme. The government aims to ensure that all children in pre-primary and primary schools receive at least one nutritious meal per school day. …

  4. Eating and learning togther: recommendations for school meals

    School meals are the highlight of the school day, and support learning, school satisfaction, food competence and development of food sense. The lunchbreak gives the daily work schedule a natural structure and provides pupils as well as school staff an opportunity for refreshment. School catering implemented in compliance with recommendations provides balanced and healthy food that is attractive in appearance, companionship, socialising and well-being. It supports the coping and growth of children and young people, and healthy weight development. …

  5. Improving young people’s health and wellbeing through a school health research network: reflections on school–researcher engagement at the national level

    The School Health Research Network is a policy–practice–research partnership established in Wales in 2013. The network aims to: provide health and well-being data for national, regional and local stakeholders, including schools; co-produce school-based health improvement research for Wales; and build capacity for evidence-informed practice in the school health community. …

  6. Global school health initiatives: achieving health and education outcomes

    The WHO School Health Technical Meeting was held in Bangkok on 23–25 November 2015 to consolidate what had been learned from regions and countries since the last WHO Technical Meeting on School Health in 2007 and to renew commitments and scale-up of the institutional capacity of the health and education sectors to achieve health and educational outcomes especially low-resource settings. More than 60 experts from a wide variety of geographical and professional backgrounds participated in the meeting. …

  7. The effects of school-based condom availability programs (CAPs) on condom acquisition, use and sexual behavior: a systematic review

    We conducted a systematic review to assess the impact of school-based condom availability programs (CAPs) on condom acquisition, use and sexual behavior. We searched PubMed to identify English-language studies evaluating school-based CAPs that reported process (i.e. number of condoms distributed or used) and sexual behavior measures. We identified nine studies that met our inclusion criteria, with the majority conducted in the United States of America. We judged most studies to have medium risk of bias. …

  8. Physical health and well-being in children and youth

    This paper provides an overview of trends in physical health outcomes of young people over the last several decades. It makes the argument for the importance of physical health and well-being for the individual and society, including its role in education outcomes. The paper then examines interventions, identifying common factors of effective intervention design to improve physical health among young people. It ends with a discussion of remaining gaps in our knowledge and the implications of this body of research on education, communities and families.

  9. Association between literacy and self-rated poor health in 33 high-and upper-middle-income countries

    We assess the relationship between general literacy skills and health status by analysing data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an international survey of about 250 000 adults aged 16-65 years conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 2011-15 in 33 countries/national sub-regions. Across countries, there seems to be a strong and consistent association between general literacy proficiency and self-rated poor health, independent of prior socio-economic status and income. …

  10. Health Promoting Schools: A monitoring tool

    This booklet contains a series of tables to help you assess your school’s policies and programmes in its journey towards becoming a health promoting school. Feel free to use this tool to identify gaps and to track your actions. It is recommended that progress be reviewed every six months.

  11. Health Promoting Schools : A framework for action

    The Health Promoting Schools Framework for Action provides an evidence framework to assist the growth and development of the concept of health promoting schools in the Region. Its purpose is to provide guidance on key principles of health promoting schools and outlines some simple tools that can help stakeholders assess, review and prioritize practical actions that can lead to effective strategies for establishing health promoting schools. …

  12. Local action: creating health promoting schools

    Local action is primarily for school administrators, teachers and community leaders. It offers school leaders the organising ideas and activities to identify health issues in their school and community and take steps, through the school, to improve health and learning. Local action also provides guidance and tools for generating ideas and developing action plans.

  13. School feeding : manual for SABER-SF exercise

    SABER–School Feeding (SABER-SF) is a useful approach to assessing the school feeding policy situation and systems in any country to identify the gaps and plan appropriate capacity development plans and/or road maps with the government and other stakeholders. It helps countries strengthen their national school feeding programs and/or transition to national school feeding programs with solid policies and systems when applicable, and assess progress of implementing each indicator. …

  14. Armenia school feeding: SABER country report 2016

    This report presents an assessment of school feeding policies and institutions that affect young children in Armenia. The analysis is based on a World Bank tool developed as part of the systems approach for better education results (SABER) initiative that aims to systematically assess education systems against evidence-based global standards and good practice to assist countries reform their education systems for proper learning for all. SABER - school feeding collects, analyzes, and disseminates comprehensive information on school feeding policies around the world. …

  15. Jordan school feeding: SABER country report 2016

    This report presents an assessment of school feeding policies and institutions that affect young children in Jordan. The analysis is based on a World Bank tool developed as part of the Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER)an initiative that aims to systematically assess education systems against evidence-based global standards and good practice to assist countries in reforming their education systems for proper learning for all. …

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