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Time for Health Education

Edited By Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Health and healthy life styles are something that we all would like to induce in our youths and children. This book provides a new perspective for health education. It represents Finnish ideas and solutions of health education and provides analyses of health promotion. In today’s world, health education is expected to offer holistic information and increase understanding about the communal and environmental health issues along with individual choices and concern over fellow humans. This book presents a multidimensional analysis starting from the history of health education to the most current innovative health concepts. The book also includes hands-on examples of health promotion at various education levels.
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Health – The First Prerequisite of the Joy of Life

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Health - the First Prerequisite of the Joy of Life

Maija Rask, Satu Uusiautti and Kaarina Määttä

Health promotion aiming at preventing infectious diseases and promoting preventive health services has a long history1. In developing countries, health education directed toward these goals remains a fundamental tool in the promotion of health and prevention of disease while in developed countries, during the 1960s and 1970s, this early experience in health campaigning was directed toward promoting healthy lifestyles2. Whatever the fundamental target, education has been considered the necessary action to promote health and prevent diseases.

In Finland, health education became an established school subject in basic education, vocational education, and general upper secondary education in 2001. This development has had many interesting phases, which are studied in this article. In elementary education it was integrated in other subjects such as biology, geography, physics, and chemistry3,4. In the curriculum for general upper secondary education, health education is defined in the following manner:

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