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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


7. Health and Well-Being

Smoking, the use of alcohol and drugs, the consumption of unhealthy food and obesity as a consequence of unhealthy lifestyles are some of the most important EU-level priorities in the field of youth health. Although overall, the health status of young people in the EU is considered good, questions about the availability of health services and quality of life in selected youth target groups - low income families, out-of-home care young people, unemployed young people, young people in rural areas and others - are topical. etc. It is also evident that the economic crisis has had a negative impact on the health and well-being of young people, in particular with regard to young minors living in low-income families, and young unemployed people who have lost their job and long-term unemployed. The involvement of young people in physical activity and sports is also one of the sub-goals of the Latvian Youth Policy Guidelines for 2009-2018 and improvement of the health situation of young people - one of the directions of action, providing for the improvement of awareness among young people, promotion of a healthy lifestyle, reduction of various types of addictions and the health of young people. access to care services.

Although an overwhelming majority of Latvian youth assess their health status well, about half of young people are considered to be sedentary or inactive individuals physically active who do not spend more than 2.5 hours a week on physical or sporting activities. At the same time, most young people have a variety of opportunities to do sports: running, using the gym, playing team sports games. Limited possibilities for young people to take a swim are limited, although about 1/2 of the young people are also available. However, despite the availability of opportunities, only a small proportion of young people in Latvia are active sportspersons or physical activity performers. At the same time, the tendency to increase the proportion of young people who eat healthy food on a daily basis is a positive trend - an increase of 10% over the last six years. The provision of good health care, the provision of sports activities and the combating of youth addiction are areas that should be given increased attention in planning youth health and wellness activities.