7. Health and Well-Being
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Health and Well-being
Measures and initiatives to strengthen health and well-being of young people are streamlined across different policy fields and in different action plans. The implementation of the Flemish action plans is part of the Flemish health objectives formulated in the health conference of 2016. Therefore the chapter illustrates the relevant parts of action plans pertaining to young people.
The Flemish Government gives special attention to (organised) sporting oppurtunities for urban and disadvantaged youth by making use by the financial means of the Participation Decree and the Poverty Act. The Flemish Government funds non-profit organisations that encourage physical activities that have a beneficial effect on young people’s health and fitness. Fitness can be interpreted more widely than only physical condition. Young people’s mental health is important too. The Flemish action plans on tobacco, alcohol and drugs and on mental health focuses on youth.