Saewyc E, & Duncan S. (November 2008). Evidence for healthy child and youth development interventions for core public health functions. Report for the BC Ministry of Healthy Living & Sport, Core Functions in Public Health.

For children and youth in British Columbia, the school years are important periods of physical, cognitive, social, and moral development. Choices made during this time influence health and behaviours throughout their lives, but these choices are influenced by social environments and broader determinants of health. There is a large body of research focused on effective interventions to prevent and reduce risk, but evidence about public health interventions to promote healthy development is much less common. Public health can promote the healthy development of school-aged children and youth through a variety of population-focused interventions and programs.

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