SHS Web Conf.
Volume 68, 20197th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference SOCIETY. HEALTH. WELFARE
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Health: Public Health and Health Promotion|
|Published online||25 November 2019|
Implementation of health promoting policies through tailored interventions at health promoting schools and municipalities in Latvia
1 Rıga Stradiņš University, Institute of Public Health, Riga, Latvia
2 Centre of Disease Prevention and Control, Riga, Latvia
* Corresponding author: Inese.Gobina@rsu.lv
Schools and municipalities play an important role in local health promotion. The Institute of Public Health at Rıga Stradiņš University in collaboration with the National Centre of Disease Prevention and Control carried out an online survey for studying the experiences and needs of health-promoting schools and municipalities in Latvia in implementing health promotion interventions. The aim of this study was to explore the context for developing new intervention model for a health behaviour change model within the Interreg BaltCityPrevention project “Innovative Lifestyle-Related Disease Prevention Model in the Baltic Sea Region.” Totally 112 municipalities and 100 schools within the National Health Promoting Networks were targeted. Only schools and municipalities that had previous experiences in health promotion intervention development were included in the analysis. This study showed that school-aged children were the most prevalent target group for the both schools and municipality interventions. The interventions in physical activity and nutrition used to be the most common areas for health behaviour changes. Health promotion schools and municipalities reported several significant differences in experienced difficulties and expected future needs in implementing health promotion interventions, which should be considered for increasing the capacity for better health promotion for both schools and municipalities in Latvia.
Key words: health promotion / municipalities / schools
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