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Community action programme on health promotion, information, education and training

The European Commission has published a proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision adopting a programme of Community action on health promotion, information, education and training in the field of public health.

The action programme will be adopted for a five-yea...
The European Commission has published a proposal for a European Parliament and Council Decision adopting a programme of Community action on health promotion, information, education and training in the field of public health.

The action programme will be adopted for a five-year period, from 1 January 1995 to 31 December 1999. The activities to be carried out are as follows:

- Health information:

. Efforts to contribute to a better knowledge of the psycho-sociological mechanisms involved and of health information methods and techniques, as well as fostering the assessment of results;

. Surveys of public opinion on various aspects of health promotion (Eurobarometer survey) and support for the preparation and assessment of specific information campaigns including those coordinated at Community level or in several Member States;

. Support for a European infrastructure for information and documentation on public health and health promotion for use by professionals, administrators and decision-makers in the field of public health, and dissemination to interested parties of information on the Community's activities in this field;

- Health education:

. Promotion, by consultation between the Member States, of the inclusion of health education in school curricula and support for the development and distribution of appropriate health education programmes, teaching materials, and modules. Support for demonstration projects and innovative measures with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviour, including support for the European network of health-promoting schools in cooperation with WHO and the Council of Europe;

. Support for health education measures in the workplace, particularly in relation to the prevention of alcohol abuse and tobacco consumption, and nutrition;

. Support for health education projects among young persons and adolescents who have left the school system in settings such as sport and leisure activities and socio-cultural activity centres, including innovative means of providing continuing structured health education;

- Vocational training in public health and health promotion:

. Review and assessment of existing structures and training schemes in public health and health promotion and compilation of a European directory. Support for cooperation involving schools of public health, universities and bodies providing training in this area with a view to the development of common training courses and exchanges of students and teaching staff;

. Promotion of cooperation between the Member States on the content of training courses and training activities in the fields of public health and health promotion for professionals, administrators, managers and decision-makers, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches;

. Support for training activities concerning health education in schools aimed at teachers, instructors and other staff including development of modules, teaching aids and materials. Support for training for health professionals in the prevention of diseases, early detection of alcoholism and information for the public on the use of medicines and self-medication;

- Specific prevention and health promotion measures:

. Support for integrated health promotion activities and projects relating to disadvantaged or vulnerable groups and particular territorial areas, and incorporating the intersectoral dimension of health promotion;

. Examination of the role of balanced nutrition as a health protection measure and of nutrition in the etiology of diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases. Promotion of analysis, evaluation and exchange of experience in respect of innovative measures for the prevention of cardiovascular and related diseases;

. Support for activities on medication, including self-medication, in cooperation with general practitioners and pharmacists, as well as efforts to monitor the development of practices and assess their implications;

- Health promotion strategies and structures:

. Surveys and comparative analyses of health promotion structures and strategies and assessment of these policies, as well as activities to encourage and support cooperation between Member States on various strategic aspects of public health and health promotion;

. Support for networks of national or regional health promotion bodies, adopting an integrated approach (i.e. an approach covering the various determinants, contexts and population groups) and promotion of joint activities and projects.

The Community will encourage cooperation with non-member countries and with international public health organizations, including the World Health Organization. The EFTA countries and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe will also be associated with the programme activities.
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