Sustainable practices as actions to promote adolescent health


  • Sabrina Alaide Amorim Alves Universidade Regional do Cariri
  • Italla Maria Pinheiro Bezerra Escola Superior de Ciências da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Vitória
  • Grayce Alencar Albuquerque Universidade Regional do Cariri
  • Edilma Gomes Rocha Cavalcante Universidade Regional do Cariri
  • Maria do Socorro Vieira Lopes Universidade Regional do Cariri



adolescents, sustainable development, health promotion, ODS3


Background: Adolescence is characterized as a period of socio-historical construction, with manifestations strongly influenced by the socio-economic, political, and cultural factors of the environment where the adolescent lives. Thus, emphasis on the elaboration and construction of policies that direct to health-promoting practices.

Objective: To analyze the sustainable practices used to strengthen health-promoting actions for adolescents in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 3.

Methods: Integrative review, carried out in the period of January 2020. The crossing was carried out on the CAPES Journals Portal, using the health descriptors: Sustainable Development, Health Care, Adolescent, Sustainable Development Indicators, in the databases MEDLINE, LILACS, Web of Science, Scielo. He listed as inclusion criteria: complete works, available and in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. Exclusion criteria: articles that do not provide abstracts, editorials, theoretical reflections, duplicate studies, experience reports, reviews, monographs, and abstracts in the annals of events. All crossings were performed in a foreign language, English, using the Boolean operator AND. The final sample consisted of 12 articles.

Results: It points to the implementation of sustainable practices to the adolescent public that can break with punctual and fragmented health care, emphasizing the expansion of practices aimed at access to health services that can actually meet their real health needs, income generation programs, and adoption of healthy eating, equity in health services and health education. It shows that the implementation of sustainable practices presents itself as a tool to achieve health promotion and as a paradigm shift in adolescent health care.

Conclusion: There was a need for health policies and actions for adolescents that can contribute to the development of health care aimed at health promotion. Thus, it evidences the need for disruption of specific health practices focusing only on the disease, making it a challenge to develop sustainable practices for adolescents regarding changes in actions in a health-promoting perspective.


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Author Biographies

Italla Maria Pinheiro Bezerra, Escola Superior de Ciências da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Vitória

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Políticas Públicas e Desenvolvimento Local. Escola Superior de Ciências da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Vitória (EMESCAM) - Vitória (ES), Brasil. 

Grayce Alencar Albuquerque, Universidade Regional do Cariri

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem, Universidade Regional do Cariri – URCA, Ceará, CE, Brasil.

Edilma Gomes Rocha Cavalcante, Universidade Regional do Cariri

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem, Universidade Regional do Cariri – URCA, Ceará, CE, Brasil.

Maria do Socorro Vieira Lopes, Universidade Regional do Cariri

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem, Universidade Regional do Cariri – URCA, Ceará, CE, Brasil.


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