ERIC Number: EJ853641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 93
Promoting Adolescent and School Health: Perspectives and Future Directions
Valois, Robert F.
American Journal of Health Education, v34 n6 p314-328 Nov-Dec 2003
This article presents the text of an address delivered by Robert F. Valois at the Annual National Meeting of the American Association for Health Education, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 4, 2003. Valois discusses the changes in the "American village" as they relate to children and adolescents, and suggests that health educators need to change professionally to effectively help child and adolescent "villagers" of the future. He believes that the best way for health educators and health promoters to predict the future is to create it. Imperative for future generations is the combination of healthy kids and academic success. It could be argued that the school is the most important community cornerstone, and that Coordinated School Health Programs (CSHPs) can help in meeting future goals while strengthening other community cornerstones. It is essential to consistently work toward tipping social and financial capital in the direction of CSHPs at the national, state, and local levels. Promoting child, adolescent, and school health, says Valois, is the right thing to do, and it is important to do it right, because it takes a whole village to raise a healthy and academically successful child.
Descriptors: Health Programs, Adolescents, School Health Services, Comprehensive School Health Education, Health Promotion, Futures (of Society), Children, Academic Achievement, Social Capital
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