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The magazine "spectra" has been reporting on the projects, programmes and strategies of the Federal Office of Public Health and its partners in the fields of health promotion and disease prevention since 1995. Going beyond the contents of the printed version, “spectra online” will shed light on background developments and report on current affairs. 

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The printed version is published four times a year in German, French and English. The topic of the current issue (spectra 126): School and Health.



Gearing projects to schools’ needs

There is now a large number of services that focus on health promotion and prevention in schools. To be successful and viable in the long term, these services need to be geared to the different syllabuses in each language region and to schools’ needs. more


“Bans reduce willingness to engage in dialogue and block discussion”

Barbara Bonetti has observed that there is less bullying in schools that permit and have rules for smartphone use than in schools that ban phones completely. In this interview, the Research Assistant at the Centro di risorse didattiche e digitali (Cerdd) discusses the value of educational debate and how digital media can be usefully employed in a teaching environment. more


Fresh air for bright minds

An investigation by the Federal Office of Public Health has revealed that the air quality in around two thirds of schools is unsufficient, even though good air quality in classrooms is important for students’ intellectual capabilities and health. Now schools and their teaching staff can access good ventilation recommendations and other resources such as the Simaria ventilation simulator. more

Latest print editions of "spectra"

spectra 126

School and Health

spectra 125

Engaging with patients