Health Promotion Group AB

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Antonovsky helped us to understand the logic of health promotion by means of the continuum model which describes human health as something dynamic with movement and direction. From a given point on the health continuum (the line between the twin poles of health and illness), different conditions or measures can act to improve the individual's health so that he or she is moved nearer towards the health pole. This state of health can be superior, both when measured in physiological terms and when considered subjectively in terms of the feeling of health experienced.

What is there in people's way of life or in them as persons, which functions as a general factor of resistance to illness? What can be done not only to see that health is preserved but that it can even be improved? With the help of the idea of salutogenesis, this strategy can be developed into an approach of its own which clearly differs from both curative and preventive health work.