Interface - Comunicação, Saúde, Educação
On-line version ISSN 1807-5762
GONCALVES, Fernanda Denardin; CATRIB, Ana Maria Fontenele; VIEIRA, Neiva Francenely Cunha and VIEIRA, Luiza Jane Eyre de Souza. Health promotion in primary school. Interface (Botucatu) [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.24, pp. 181-192. ISSN 1807-5762. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-32832008000100014.
The aim of this study was to describe the health promotion work developed by a primary school, in which health promotion principles were incorporated into its pedagogical practices, by investigating six subjects who experienced the process. The realities were verified by means of semi-structured interviews and observation. The following empirical categories emerged from the discourse: 1. care as a health-promoting element; 2. formation of hygienic habits based on education; 3. health promotion through the pedagogic approach of projects; and 4. establishment of links between health professionals and students. It was concluded that there was a need to carry out systematic training work with educators and health professions, so that the importance of putting integrated health education practices into effect within the various school activity settings is understood.
Keywords : Schoolchildren's health; Primary education; Health promotion.