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Slovakia

Slovakia

7. Health and Well-Being

Slovak young people are affected by health threats such as the lack of physical movement, overweight, smoking etc. Especially endangered are young people with poverty background (7.1).

Several strategic documents have been adopted to coordinate the fight against alcoholism, drugs, obesity and promotion of healthy lifestyle. Regional Public Health Authorities as network of public institutions play an important role in promoting public health in the regions (7.2).

Slovak schools participate in international projects as Healthy School, School Fruit and Vegetables programme and School Milk programme (7.4). The topic of mental health is no longer taboo.  A tradition of regular campaigns and collections to promote mental health has been established thanks to the League for Mental Health of the Slovak Republic (7.5).

General practitioners, social workers, teachers as well as every citizen in the city and municipality are obliged to report situation where the child's health is endangered. Offices of Labour, Social Affairs and Family investigate individual cases and take appropriate measures to protect the child (7.6).

The development of sport, youth fitness and physical activity is in agenda of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. Sport and work with talented youth is supported by a separate law and strategic documents. The school facilities - youth clubs (CVČ) devote 80% of their activities to sports. Physical education is a compulsory subject in Slovak schools (7.2).

Organization and promotion of healthy lifestyle projects comes from active non-governmental organizations and some well-known personalities, as for example Peter Sagan (7.3).