Life phases

Each phase of a human being's life is shaped by structural changes in the body and mind and by the needs that result from these changes. In a number of life phases – childhood, pregnancy or advanced age ­– health is an especially important factor and particular care is needed to protect it.


The same level of motivation

At first hand. I can still remember how we used to be divided into two teams to play dodgeball in PE classes. Two captains took turns to pick their teams, and always left the children who weren’t very good at sport till last, only picking them – much to the disgruntlement of the other team members – when there was no one else left. There can be no doubt that being one of the first to be picked gave a tremendous sense of validation, while always being picked last was demotivating. more


“Bans reduce willingness to engage in dialogue and block discussion”

Barbara Bonetti has observed that there is less bullying in schools that permit and have rules for smartphone use than in schools that ban phones completely. In this interview, the Research Assistant at the Centro di risorse didattiche e digitali (Cerdd) discusses the value of educational debate and how digital media can be usefully employed in a teaching environment. more


Fresh air for bright minds

An investigation by the Federal Office of Public Health has revealed that the air quality in around two thirds of schools is unsufficient, even though good air quality in classrooms is important for students’ intellectual capabilities and health. Now schools and their teaching staff can access good ventilation recommendations and other resources such as the Simaria ventilation simulator. more


Gearing projects to schools’ needs

There is now a large number of services that focus on health promotion and prevention in schools. To be successful and viable in the long term, these services need to be geared to the different syllabuses in each language region and to schools’ needs. more


Research into healthy ageing

The Do-Health study is looking at ways of improving the chances of ageing in good health. The largest-ever European study of health in old age is nearing completion. The initial results show the following: half of the participating senior citizens from Switzerland belong to the category of “healthy agers”, meaning that they have no chronic diseases and are in good physical and mental health. more


“The generations can inspire each other to an enormous degree”

Andreas Kruse, an expert in the field of gerontology, talks about the opportunities presented by a cross-generational exchange, the importance of learning and education in old age and the need to invest in health as early in life as possible. more


Healthy ageing in Switzerland

Demographic change is presenting some major challenges. The task of preserving health and quality of life in the elderly is the main focus of the FOPH’s efforts. It is guided by the “Healthy Ageing” strategy published by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is important to take a differentiated view of old age and ageing at all times. more


At first Hand

Bringing health-care into line with the needs of the elderly. Most elderly people’s health is impaired in some way. The important thing is to maintain these people’s quality of life for as long as possible despite their illness and to identify and strengthen their resources. This is the basis of the “healthy ageing” approach. more


At first hand

Health starts in people’s everyday lives. The figures for life expectancy in Swiss towns and villages paint a clear picture. Residents of prosperous, primarily urban areas and conglomerations such as Zurich, Bern, Basel and Geneva, and along the country’s lakes, have a good chance of living a long life. In the communities where people are living longest, life expectancy is nearly 83. By contrast, the inhabitants of poorer, generally more rural communities and mountain villages can only expect to reach 78. As these figures show, not everyone in Switzerland has the same chance of living a life that is as long and healthy as possible. more


Communication is an important tool for improving health literacy

The FOPH has set itself the goal of improving health literacy and self-management of chronic disease among the general public. Communication can, at various levels, help achieve this goal. more