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7. Health and Well-Being

7.6 Mechanisms of early detection and signposting of young people facing health risks

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  1. Policy framework
  2. Stakeholders
  3. Guidance to stakeholders
  4. Target groups
  5. Funding

Policy framework

In Poland there is no integrated and universal tool for diagnosing and signposting young people facing health risks. Individual health conditions have their own statistics, which have not been provided in an integrated study. However, the Polish Matrix on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (Polska Karta Aktywności Fizycznej Dzieci i Młodzieży) launched in 2016 was also prepared for Poland as part of the activity of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. It presents data relating to a number of indicators, such as overall physical activity, organised sports participation, active play and transportation as well as activities aimed at healthy weight maintenance. Interestingly, the data made it possible to put forward the thesis that there is no balanced attitude to supporting children’s and young people’s physical activity, and that the school is the best functioning area in this respect, as its activities focus on improving physical education classes and school facilities; one of the conclusions drawn on completion of the study was that it was necessary to constantly monitor changes to individual indicators of the Matrix and fill in gaps in research.

There have also been local diagnoses focussing on the health of inhabitants of certain cities, such as Szczecin and Białystok. The Social Diagnosis 2015 report - the living conditions and the quality of life of Poles (Raport Diagnoza społeczna 2015, Warunki i jakość życia Polaków) is a source referring to the whole Polish nation. However, it does not focus solely on health issues. The report offers chapters concentrating on health (somatic symptoms, disabilities, lifestyle and health risk factors) and chapters describing other issues such as life stress and strategies of coping with problems and difficulties.

 

Stakeholders

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Guidance to stakeholders

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Target groups

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Funding

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