What is Health Promotion?
Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities. Therefore, health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy life-styles to well-being. There are 5 pillars of health promotions according to the WHO: build healthy public policy, create supportive environments, strengthen community actions, develop personal skills, and reorient health services. Read More
Overview of Health Promotion in the Canadian Forces
Strengthening the Forces (STF), the CF's health promotion program is designed to enable CF members to increase control over and to improve their overall health and well-being. Good health is essential to the well being of CF members and to the operational effectiveness of the CF. Subject matter experts within the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) develop health promotion programs for the CF in four core areas: addictions awareness and prevention, injury prevention and active living, nutritional wellness, and social wellness. More information on STF
Health Promotion Delivery at your Base / Wing
The delivery of health promotion services to the CF community is performed by PSP Health Promotion Directors and Managers on bases/wings across Canada. Their role is deliver STF programs and services to empower Canadian Forces, regular and reserve members, their families and the Defence team to take control of their health and well-being so that they can fulfill the CF operational mandate while enjoying the highest practical standards of health and quality of life. For more information on your local health promotion team consult their site via the CF Community Gateway (select health programs, then health promotion).
Date Modified : 2014-01-27