Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nara Rejane Cruz de OLIVEIRA

The United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda: Possibilities to Promote Well-Being and Holistic Health Among Brazilian Students Through the Physical Education

At the United Nations (UN) Summit in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted by world leaders. According to the UN, the SDGs are a call for global action to promote human prosperity to all ages. Even though all of these goals are interrelated, two of them are crucial to the promotion of holistic health: Goal 3 – Good health and Well-being and Goal 4 – Quality Education. In the last few years, concerns about student’s health and well-being have continued to increase around the world. However, the lack of physical activity associated with the increasing of chronic degenerative diseases have been affecting students from different ages and social classes. Although physical activity plays a key role for promoting well-being and holistic healthy, the Physical Education (PE) practices at Brazilian schools doesn’t seem to address with the demand for health education. However, some pedagogical efforts and practices are now being developed by PE teachers to addressing this issue. This presentation will focus on the possibilities and best practices in promoting well-being and holistic health among Brazilian students through the Physical Education. The guiding principle is that a physical activity program in education needs to be implemented considering the integral development of students, addressing the following aspects: physical, emotional, psychological, social and intellectual, in so far as they complete family and community action. In other words, it is necessary to understand the interconnection among them, in order to promote quality education and health literacy.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nara Rejane Cruz de OLIVEIRA


Board of Directors, BRICSCESS
Head, Human Movement Sciences Department
Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil




Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nara Rejane Cruz de Oliveira is Head of Human Movement Sciences Department at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, working at the Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Health. Dr. Oliveira completed her Doctoral degree in Education at University of Sao Paulo (USP) and her Master’s in Physical Education at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. She is Member of the Board of Directors of the BRICS Council of Exercise and Sport Science (BRICSCESS) and Scientific Advisor of the Global Community Health Foundation (GCH Foundation). Dr. Oliveira has published several articles in national and international journals, as well books and chapters. She has also attended many national and international scientific meetings as an invited speaker. Her research interests include Physical Education and Health, Health Education, Childhood Education and Health, Sports, Leisure and Health, Education Higher.