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Health education in Poland is intrinsically linked with the origins of hygiene movement
which nowadays is defined as health promotion policy.
Health education has been formed through many historical periods from the Enlightenment
through the times of Poland partitions, times of the Second Republic, Nazi occupation,
the communist regime up to contemporary times. Definitive place of the health
education in pedagogy happened due to the Maciej Demel, the founder of theoretical
basics of health pedagogy.
The idea of health education has been shaped through centuries on the basis
of needs of changing socio‑economical
and political living conditions. However, the
converging element linking all those different periods and diverse views has been to
create a vibrant, autonomous, active, happy person — that is a healthy human.
At the same time it is noteworthy to observe that in each historical period, despite
of all engagement and cooperation between participants of educational process and
involvement of specialists both the life situation and socio‑economical
conditions of the
pupil has been an important factor which either facilitated or obstructed the realisation
of central tenets of health education: to make sensible health‑oriented