School health programming to meet the needs of at risk students

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Walkowycki, Arlene J
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1997
''Most health problems in North America today result from health compromising environments, as well as from personal behaviors established during the school years. Many people believe and expect adolescents to be healthy, yet they are the only group to experience an increase in mortality and morbidity since 1960 (Curtis, 1992). Although prevention is a difficult concept to sell, children who are at risk for school failure are also at risk for poor health. Schools are already serving as centers for delivering varied services and are establishing links between students, families and community resources (Graham & Uphold, 1993). Although there are literally thousands of "canned" health programs available to schools and teachers, there is little available for at risk students. Government and administrators have set the standard for mainstream youth and many teachers are not trained in adolescent development and health promotion. Public health nurses and community agencies are not being utilized for promoting healthy lifestyles. The most successful health programs have been those involving youth themselves. To reach these young people most in need, we need to find ways, in the services and information we offer, to fit into their frame of reference and their way of doing things. A health needs assessment was conducted by means of focus groups with at risk students at an alternate school. The data was analyzed/or themes. A special health activity will be planned using this data. "
v, 41 leaves ; 28 cm. --
Children with social disabilities -- Education , Children with social disabilities -- Health and hygiene