«Be healthy, be yourself» – Commission launches youth health initiative (10/07/2009)
Involving young people more actively in developing EU health policies is the aim of an initiative launched by the European Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou on theconference on Youth Health in Brussels on 9 and 10 July 2009.
Cross cutting issues, including the financial crisis, inequalities in health, education and the role of the media were also addressed. The conference is organised jointly with the European Youth Forum.
The Youth Health initiative aims to:
- involve young people more closely in EU health policies;
- strengthen youth partnership in the decision making process;
- involve other sectors across EU policy areas and at national level on the implementation of prevention programs targeted at young people;
- support Member States' activities on the health of young people.
As part of the initiative, the Commission has set up the website «Be Healthy – Be Yourself» accessible from the EU Health Portal and available in 22 languages. The website has three major parts: a conference page, a Youth Health competition page and a blog with testimonials, which is moderated by the European Youth Forum. More information>>