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Health Minister says that public policies are on track

Study results released by the IBGE of programs for tobacco control, prevention of STD and AIDS and oral health

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IBGE presented the results of the National School of Health (Think), funded by the Ministry of Health to reinforce the importance of policies pursued by the folder to promote quality of life of adolescents. This new survey shows that the Ministry of Health is on track. Our actions to grips with the main problems faced by teenagers, said Temporao, who participated in the dissemination of research at IBGE headquarters in Rio

The government's actions were crucial, for example, to reduce the number of teenage smokers, and contribute to further prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and AIDS among young people and improve their oral health.

The survey revealed that nearly 76% of Brazilian students have never tried cigarettes. The data is a reflection of tobacco control policy of the National Cancer Institute (Inca), linked to MS. For Health Knowledge Program, which leads to the Inca classrooms, more than two million students in the country have already been told about the harm caused by smoking.

Temporao said that Brazil has more former smokers than smokers. The reduction of smoking is even higher among younger people. And our actions contribute to a significant decline, said. In an attempt to reduce the attraction of youth and adolescents by the drug, the Ministry of Health has also limited the advertising of the tobacco industry and inserted images more explicit warning of the consequences of the habit in packs of cigarettes.


The number of teens who have tried alcohol drew the attention of the Minister of Health THINKING showed that over 71% of students had been drinking. In evaluating Jose Gomes, the youth are encouraged to drink early because of advertising. The Health Ministry is in favor of regulating the advertising of liquor. Most countries have clear rules to run such ads, he said.

One of the main weapons in the prevention of alcohol consumption during pregnancy had begun in the Ministry of Health The dry law, created in 2008, prohibits the driver from drinking and driving afterwards. The tougher standard caused a positive impact on Brazilian life and the health system. In the first years of Prohibition, the number of hospital admissions due to traffic accidents fell 23%.

Sexual Health

The focus of STD and AIDS Program MS in preventive education for young people has been instrumental in raising awareness about their sexual and reproductive health. Seconds to think, 76% of students who began their sexual life used a condom at last intercourse. Young people have free access to condoms at clinics in public schools. More than 700 million units were distributed to the entire population in 2008 and 2009.

The School Health Program has already led to 8 million students sexual health advice. The partnership between the Ministries of Health and Education allows in the classroom, are discussed content such as safe sex, alcohol and drugs. THINKING revealed that 87.5% of public school pupils had information on how to prevent AIDS and other STDs. About preventing pregnancy, 80% had more lessons in the classroom.

Oral Health

Another achievement of the Ministry of Health among young people is the increase in coverage of the Smiling Brazil program. Over the past two years, more than 70 million kits were distributed to the municipal 1,242 municipalities with a low of Basic Education Development (IDEB).

Seconds to think, 73.6% of adolescents reported brushing their teeth three or more times a day. The frequency is higher among public school students, the main beneficiaries Smiling Brazil. Only 16.2% of teens reported having a toothache in the last six months.

Physical Activity

The Think noted that more than 30% of students are inactive or insufficiently active. Concerned with the sedentary population, the Health Ministry had already launched this year the National Physical Activity. By the end of 2010, the goal is to reduce the sedentary population from 29% to 24%.

For the minister, lack of exercise among young people is worrying. It is this age that are constructed patterns. The consequences can be catastrophic, he said. Joseph Gomes quoted as obesity, hypertension and diabetes are major health problems often started by feeding habits and started in adolescence.


   Palavras-chave:   National Survey of School Health    IBGE    Ministry of Health    Jose Gomes    Oral Health    Sexual Health   
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