The status of health-promoting schools in Hong Kong and implications for further development

Lee, Albert, St Leger, Lawrence and Cheng, Frances 2007, The status of health-promoting schools in Hong Kong and implications for further development, Health promotion international, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 316-326, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dam029.

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Title The status of health-promoting schools in Hong Kong and implications for further development
Author(s) Lee, Albert
St Leger, Lawrence
Cheng, Frances
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 316
End page 326
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0957-4824
Keyword(s) health-promoting schools
health status
Summary An evaluation framework, called the Hong Kong Healthy Schools Award, has been developed to enable comprehensive collection and analysis of data reflecting the status of health-promoting schools (HPS) in Hong Kong. The key findings revealed a high prevalence of emotional problems, unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity and risk-taking behaviours, leading to both intentional and unintentional injuries among students with higher prevalence among secondary school students. The results indicated a substantial lack of health policies in schools; it also indicated health services in schools not readily accessible to students and staff, and insufficient staff training in health promotion and education. However, most schools have made initiatives in environmental protection, established safety guidelines and strategies for managing students with emotional problems. The success of HPS depends largely on teachers' understanding of its building blocks. Evidence from the comprehensive mapping of the status of HPS in Hong Kong and from student surveys does show encouraging outcomes as well as identifying priority issues to be addressed in the next 5 years.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dam029
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©Author, (2007)
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