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Health on the way to maturity

Project supports health awareness of unemployed youth

Health on the way to maturity
Copyright: Martin Lifka Photography

Due to their disadvantageous situation unemployed young people, who are neither in education nor in any training, have to face problems affecting their health negatively.

In Austria, about 78 000 young people between the age of 16 to 24 are affected. Hence, a project examines how their health and their health literacy could be improved. 

Basis for a holistic well-being

“As the foundation for our health is laid in our youth due to growth and development, this stage of life is an essential phase for the backing of our health and for the prevention of illnesses”, says Elisabeth Höld, nutritionist at St. Pölten UAS and head of project.

In spite of social differences between youngsters the physical and psychological health issues of those concerned are comparable. Aiming to support young people on their way to maturity health experts in the fields of nutrition, sports and psychology as well as social workers and trainers are involved in the project. 

Together with the University of Vienna, the streetwork of Nordrand placed in St. Pölten as well as spacelab – Produktionsschule Wien, the study programme Dietetics of the St. Pölten UAS initiated the project “GAAS – Project on fostering health literacy of young people being without education, work or training“. It is based on three pillars: nutrition, sports and mental health. Thus, it should holistically strengthen the well-being of youngsters.  

Radio programme with Elisabeth Höld on Campus & City Radio 94.4 (in German)

Link to recording

Project GAAS – Fostering health literacy of young people being without education, work or training

The project is sponsored by Fonds Gesundes Österreich and runs from September 2015 to February 2018.