Health Promotion Settings combines the theoretical discourse of the settings approach, covering a wide range of fundamental principles, concepts and policy issues, with real life examples of settings, including workplaces, schools, neighborhood, cities and prisons. Frameworks and processes that are actively shaping health promotion in settings in the 21st Century are documented and the ideas and research covered will provide a vital set of indicators for those who promote health in settings. Combining theory with practical examples and case studies, the authors show how a settings approach can work in practice, drawing on a range of local, national and international initiatives and coordinated projects.

Health Promotion Settings provides a rich source of ideas and case examples which highlight the challenges for promoting health in a range of contexts. Special attention is given to the workplace as both a priority area for health promotion and a key determinant of health.

Written by a highly experienced team of health promotion and public health professionals, academics and researchers, this book is essential reading for both students and practitioners working towards the improvement of health using a settings approach.

Health Promotion Settings: An Overview

Health promotion settings: An overview


  • To provide an overview of the content of the book, outlining the context and structure
  • To offer the rationale for a text on the settings approach to health promotion
  • To identify the focus of each of the chapters in the book
  • To introduce general themes and arguments that will be expanded on in the specific introductions to Parts IIII

Since the Ottawa Charter (WHO, 1986) highlighted the idea that health is created within the settings of people's everyday lives, where they learn, work, play and love, the settings approach has become an established component of the global health promotion agenda for action. The World Health Organization (WHO, 1998) has defined settings as the context in which people engage ...

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