The GP is a network to promoted health and wellbeing in university population and in the society.
Spanish Health, Social Services and Education, Culture and Sports Ministries and Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities created a network to promoted health and wellbeing in university population and in society. University of the Basque Country joined this agreement last June.

This network aims:
• To develop universities as active agents to promote healthy habits.
• To promote teaching and research in health promotion
• To stimulate the exchange of experiences in the area
• To facilitate the joint work among public health agencies, community institutions and universities
• To agree strategic lines to develop a project of health promoting universities
• To promote joint projects on the strategic lines of the network
• To stimulate international participation of the agents
• To increase the offer of activities and services addressed to promote health in university community
The strategic lines of the network are:
• Creation of healthy university environments
• Training in health promotion in university for undergraduates and graduates
• Research in health promotion
• Participation and collaboration between public health agencies, community institutions and universities
• Services and activities in the Campus to promote health.

Resources needed

Two ministries, 40 Spanish Universities and 10 Health Structures of Spanish regions participated in the network.

Evidence of success

The success of the GP relies primarily on the fact that some Universities had already set up a health promotion plan in recent years, The Service of Applied Physiology for university community has been created, and a new academic offer in the area: Degree of Physiotherapy and Master of Healthy Ageing and Quality of Life. University has increased activities to promote healthy life for university community and the society.

Difficulties encountered

The involvement of so many institutions has led to increased bureaucracy which has delayed the startup of some activities.

Potential for learning or transfer

The network aims to develop universities as active agents to promote healthy habits, stimulate the exchange of experiences in the area, to promote joint projects on the strategic lines of the network, to stimulate international participation of the agents, to facilitate the joint work among public health agencies, community institutions and universities, to promote teaching and research in health promotion, and to increase the offer of activities and services addressed to promote health in university community. The structure of the network can be used for other universities from other countries. However, it is a must involve national government to establish an effective pathway of communication. The GP relies on the promotion of healthy activities inside of University and the exchange of experience in working groups.
Project
Main institution
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Location
País Vasco, Spain (España)
Start Date
June 2018
End Date
Ongoing

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