Healthy lifestyle cultivation technology for primary schoolchildren



Dr.Hab., Professor A.A. Pashin1
PhD, Associate Professor J.V. Toma1
Dr.Biol., Professor O.N. Oparina1
1Institute of Sport and Physical Training, Penza State University, Penza

The study considers the young people’s health policies and practices, viewed among the highest priorities by the modern society, with a special attention to the healthy lifestyle cultivation ones; and analyzes a few issues of special importance for success of the healthy lifestyle cultivation efforts. The healthy lifestyle (HLS) cultivation model analyzed herein was tested on an Experimental Group (EG) versus Reference Group (RG) of specific age, with the selected cultural tools applied at schools as the key child formation centers. The study gives a description of the new healthy lifestyle cultivation model applied in the physical education school course. The study complements multiple studies of health and healthy lifestyles related problems albeit proceeds from the healthy lifestyle being interpreted as a socio-cultural experience with the relevant healthy values and priorities to facilitate the individual acceptance of this lifestyle and help master practical healthy habits, skills and behavioral models. The proposed new healthy lifestyle cultivation model includes goal-setting, content-forming, operational and progress testing modules to successfully design the whole healthy lifestyle cultivation process and implement it in practice. A special role in the model is played by a progress roadmap technology to help develop and harmonize the healthy lifestyle elements in primary schoolchildren. The study shows benefits of the new model as verified by the EG progress and analyzes the accumulated data on HLS as a phenomenon, life habit, associated processes and age-specific challenges for the primary school group, with the HLS goals attained by a set of the institutional and educational provisions critical for success of the model implementation projects.

Keywords: healthy lifestyle, healthy behavior, physical education, physical development, primary schoolchildren.


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