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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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The Role of Health Capital in Health Promotion

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Outi Hyry-Honka, Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

You could ask any man or woman on the street to name the most important three things in their lives and one of their choices would be health. Everyone appreciates health and wishes they would stay healthy for their whole life span. What things does health consist of then? How can one cherish it? What promotes health? Are there some factors that one could gather in order to improve health and that would ‘pay dividend’?

French sociologist Bourdieu1,2 has analyzed the concept of capital and developed a theory of capital types. O’Rand3 has furthered Bourdieu’s thinking by adding the number of capital types and perspectives. Their work challenges researchers to look for other possible capital types that have already been brought out in various disciplines.

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