Vilnius resolution: Better Schools through Health
The following text provides a brief summary of the Vilnius Resolution. Vilnius Resolution was developed as a result of the discussions and activities at the 3rd European Conference on Health Promoting Schools in June 2009. It provides context and actions to strengthen school health promotion in the European region.
Education and health have shared interests. Unifying these interests allows schools to become better places to enjoy learning, teaching and working. Schools, being part of the surrounding community, are designated as one of the settings to help reduce inequalities in health. Collaboration with other relevant policy areas, for example youth, social and environmental policies and sustainable development is essential.
Statement by young people
Young people present at the 3rd European Conference on Health Promoting Schools said (for example):
We emphasize that true health is holistic health, meaning mental and physical balance, clean environment, cooperation with people, good rest and a balanced diet.
We can and must lead a healthy lifestyle ourselves, showing how wonderful it is to be healthy, active and positive. We also must persuade parents to be active and take part in health promoting activities
Call to Action
In the Vilnius Resolution, specific actions were suggested to be taken by key school health promotion stakeholders, including those on the international, national, regional and school level.
Se the full Vilnius Resolution: Better Schools through health: