7. Health and Well-Being
Caring for the health and well-being of young people is an investment in the future. Policies for the health of young people aim at developing young people so they will grow into healthy adults who develop their potential and the direction of preventing lifestyle-related diseases, which are the leading cause of death in Slovenia.
Main governmental authorities responsible for youth health are the Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Public Health.
There are several national strategies and programmes addressing sport, youth fitness and physical activity:
- The National Programme of Sports of the Republic of Slovenia 2014–2023 (Nacionalni program športa v Republiki Sloveniji 2014–2023) provides general framework for promotion and support of sport and physical activity
- The National Programme for Youth 2013–2022 (Resolucija o Nacionalnem programu za mladino 2013-2022)
- The National Programme for Nutrition and Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) 2015–2025 (Nacionalni program o prehrani in telesni dejavnosti za zdravje 2015–2025)
- Resolution on National programme of Mental Health 2018–2028 (Resolucija o nacionalnem programu duševnega zdravja 2018–2028)
- Resolution on the National Health Care Plan 2016-2025 (Resolucija o nacionalnem planu zdravstvenega varstva 2016-2025 "Skupaj za družbo zdravja")
- Resolution on the National Programme on Illigal Drugs 2014–2020 (Resolucija o nacionalnem programu na področju prepovedanih drog 2014-2020)
- Rules on carrying out preventive health care at the primary level (Resolucija o nacionalnem programu za mladino 2013-2022)
- Strategy for reducing the consequences of tobacco use: For a tobacco-free Slovenia 2022-2030 (Strategija za zmanjševanje posledic rabe tobaka: Za Slovenijo brez tobaka 2022–2030)
At the upper secondary level, the health education and healthy lifestyles lessons are held as part of compulsory optional content (obvezne izbirne vsebine).