The main aim of this chapter is to present the health and well-being of young people. The Government of Hungary treats human health as a priority with the primary objective of improving the health status, life expectancy and quality of life of the Hungarian population and reducing the mortality caused by the diseases.
Hungary does not have substantive youth-specific health and well-being strategy. However, both the 'Healthy Hungary 2014-2020 Healthcare Sectoral Strategy' 'Egészséges Magyarország 2014-2020') and the 'National Spiritual Health Strategy' (Nemzeti Lelki Egészség Stratégia) have a significant impact on the young population.
This chapter includes:
- the general context of youth health and well-being,
- main trends in the health conditions of young people,
- critical data on youth, and
- governmental and non-governmental measures related to, healthy lifestyles and healthy nutrition,
- the strategies that include elements on youth health and well-being.
The general objective of the Hungarian Government is:
- involve children between the age of 6 and 14/15 years old in regular physical training
- increase the willingness of young people to practice sport
- develop exercise, sport and active lifestyles along with the development of a supportive environment for the healthy growth of the future generations
- aim to have 'the five PE classes per week', introduced by law, to provide physical exercise every day for every child in the country
- modernise children’s healthcare institutions, establishing the currently missing children’s and youth healthcare centres, and setting up an adolescent psychiatric and addictology network. (For more details see sub-chapter 7.3. Sport, youth fitness and physical activity.)