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The Health Literacy Place: Addressing the health literacy needs of children & young people
This blogpost discusses the importance of building the health literacy skills of children and young people and gives links to online sites and information which can offer children and young people information about a number of wide ranging issues from “Monkey has asthma” for primary age children to posters about confidentiality developed by young people to “A Young Person’s Guide to Cancer” - view blogpost
Health Behaviour in School Aged Children
The World Health Organization (WHO) have launched the collaborative Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) England National Report. This Department of Health funded study included over 5000 young people from across England. The report paints an important picture about the health and wellbeing of young people in England today and how young people’s health has changed over the last decade. Traditional risk behaviours such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and fighting are declining – with many showing the lowest reported prevalence since 2002. However healthy behaviours such as physical activity and healthy eating have not mirrored these positive changes over the last decade. The report also highlights young people’s emotional wellbeing as an area for concern. The traffic light summary provides a useful visual overview of the trends across key domains since 2002.