Act on Health

A Youth Handbook

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Many of the attitudes and behaviours that impact on heath in later life are acquired during adolescence and early adulthood. At this age, young men and women quite rightly want to develop their own attitudes independently of older people. The sharing of information among young people themselves is therefore particularly important.

This handbook has been developed by young women and men for young people who want to promote positive attitudes to health issues among their peers. By providing a framework to develop these resources, the book is a useful tool to help young people to produce messages that have the most impact and relevance to their own lives and to those around them; reflecting their own culture, languages, values and concerns.




Young people must play a key role in the development of any health education resources that are aimed at us. By being involved in meeting our information needs, we help to ensure that the messages and materials are appropriate and relevant. As a result, any resources produced are more likely to have an impact on our peers' behaviour.


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