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7. Health and Well-Being

7.8 Current debates and reforms

The plan Great Options section provide for the continuity of a number of measures and programmes currently in development in the field of health and well-being.

In the field of Sports, it is expected the strengthening of actions that promote sports as a way of personal accomplishment and a healthy lifestyle.In addition a reinforcement of the support to youths that practise high level sports is planned, so they can do so without having to choose between academic success and sport success.

The government intends to develop a new agenda for national sports and increase its practice, through the generalisation of the sporting activity that aligns the motor development with physical aptitude.

It intends to invest in a proximity offer that facilitates the access of the general population, especially young people, to the practice of sports and physical activity.  In order for this to happen, a proximity strategy is defined, one that engages also the autarchies, that promotes a more efficient usage of the current infrastructures and equipment, either in federated sport either in school sport.

At the same time, actions that promote active partnerships with local authorities are provided for, based on a intersectoral and inter-ministerial perspective that involves several fields such as science and higher education, health, education, sport, inclusion, among others.

It also expected an articulation of the sport policy with the school, reinforcing the value of physical education and sporting activity in schools and higher education establishments, integrated in the school and academic path. 

In the field of health, the management of public services is equally planned in the sense of proximity, decentralisation and subsidiarity. 

The proximity measures encompass initiatives targeted at children and young people and their families, as a way to combat poverty and social exclusion in the field of education and health, particularly through the improvement and widening of the school feeding.

Within the context of the newly created Action Plan for the Promotion of Health Literacy 2019 - 2021, preventive measures against diseases that especially strike young people, such as diabetes, obesity, and promotion initiatives for mental health are planned.