2010, Volume 6, Issue 4

EKO-AGRO-FITNESS© original author continuous program of health-oriented and ecological education in the family, among friends or individually implemented - the premises and assumptions

Roman Maciej Kalina1, Bartłomiej Jan Barczyński2

1Department of Physiotherapy, Academy of Physical Education, Katowice, The Podhale State Vocational School of Higher Education, Nowy Targ, Poland
2Index Copernicus International S.A., Warsaw, Poland

Author for correspondence: Roman Maciej Kalina; Department of Physiotherapy, Academy of Physical Education, Katowice, The Podhale State Vocational School of Higher Education, Nowy Targ, Poland; email: kom.kalina[at]op.pl

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Background and Study Aim: There are many empirical and a common-sense argument, that physical education is not an effective method of promotion and health prevention. On the contrary – in many cases turns in their denial. The aim of the paper is the main premises and assumptions of the EKO-AGRO-FITNESS© (E-A-F) program as an alternative of the physical education.
Material and Methods: An analysis of professional literature. The synthesis and generalizing results of long-term observation participating in different forms of the physical training of children, youths and adults, in systems of educating staffs widely understood sport science, military cadets of all sorts groups, as well as results of many studio visits in states of four continents. Generalizations of the phenomena results are inherent to the interdisciplinary concept of health promotion and prevention.
Results: An educational mission of E-A-F is to combine motor safety and human effort safety with rational diet and preference physical activity mainly in the natural surroundings of nature, caring about its quality. Achieving specific objectives of E-A-F assure complementary health-related training, whose leading element is the prevention of injuries. Effects accomplishment of the mission and goals of the E-A-F is on the one hand the basic knowledge of: identifying factors threatening the health; the positive health self-evaluation; the methods for measuring and documenting the physical effort; about methods of developing, maintaining, restoring health in all its dimensions – somatic, psychological, social; about methods of diagnosing and developing psychomotor competences necessary to survive in emergencies. On the other hand – confidence and ability to implement the method of certain exercises categories during individual trainings or in family/friends circle.
Conclusions: The E-A-F project for creative tourism or sport manager, businessman, public life manager on the one hand is a chance for promotion of firms, micro- and macro regions rich in natural resources of unique landscape, healthy air, water and food, on the other hand – achieving economic success. Above all it is an opportunity to engage in the promotion and health prevention as much as possible and stable dimension – this dimension does not have the financial equivalent.

Key words: complementary health-related training, ecology, effort safety, injury prevention, knowledge society, motor safety