Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Promoting Health and Well-Being through Schools

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Promoting Health and Well-Being through Schools

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Promoting Health and Well-being through Schools Edited by Peter Aggleton, Catherine Dennison and Ian Warwick. Published by Routledge, Oxon, 2010. Paperback 180pp. ISBN 978-0- 415-49342-0. Price £22.99.

This book presents relevant material, highlighting the health issues currently affecting school children. The book stresses different approaches to undertaking health-related activities in schools, which could work efficiently to bring desirable outcomes. Each of the twelve chapters offer largely authoritative advice on effective intervention for some of the key issues of health promotion in schools, ranging from alcohol and substance misuse to sexual health, obesity and mental health.

There is no doubt that this book is well written and provides guidance to head teachers, governors, curriculum leaders and others who are looking for support to meet the new challenges schools now face in health promotion. The guidance is derived from much of the promising practice-based evidence which places emphasis on the changing roles and responsibilities of schools in terms of promoting healthy choices. The authors stress some of the very important factors for schools to consider. These factors include acknowledging young people's social and economic position, recognising the wider role of schools to create concerned citizens and to build learning communities; utilising young peoples' socio-cultural and assets-based frameworks to tackle obesity. …

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