General Article Key data on young people

Topic Selected: Adolescent Health Book Volume: 395

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Health promotion

One of the key challenges for young people is the transition to independence that takes place across the second decade of life. Learning how to recognise health issues and manage the process of getting help is very important at this time. Supporting young people through this process means empowering them to take control of their health and giving them the information they need to seek appropriate services.

Health promotion for this age group tends to focus on sexual health, physical activity, smoking, drinking and drug use, and diet and nutrition. Interventions to promote health can address individual behaviour and can also target wider social and environmental factors. Interventions aimed at changing individual behaviour include stopping smoking programmes, promotion of dental checkups, or school-based relationship and sex education. Wider population interventions might include media information campaigns or policy such as advertising bans, tax incenti...

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