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School-Based Health Promotion
School-based health promotion refers to activities that occur in schools and on school grounds that facilitate student and school staff adoption of healthful behaviors and healthful lifestyle choices. Schoolbased health promotion is not just about teaching students what they should do to be healthy; rather, it includes providing environments where making the healthy choice is the easy and normative choice for students. School health promotion includes not just health education but also provision of healthy foods offered throughout the school, daily physical education that is fun and includes all students, a tobaccoand drug-free campus, a social environment where healthy choices are modeled and reinforced by students and adults in the school, and policies that create psychological, social, and physical environments that support health and wellness in students and school staff. School-based health promotion is very important as the health behaviors of youth affect their health as youth as well as ...