Hot Topic #5
Healthy Children
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Here is our list of examples dealing with children's health (in random order):

Healthy School Planner (Canada)
The Healthy School Planner by the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health is a free tool that schools can use to assess the current health environment and build a plan to make improvements.

Whole- School approach (Ireland)
HSA web site
The HSA has a specific strategy goal on mainstreaming OSH into the education system: “The Authority is in consultation with the Department of Education and Science and associated key organizations, including the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) on the development and implementation of programmes to mainstream safety and health in curricula. In this way, we will educate and influence the workers of the future.” The related main goal is reproduced: “Target the workers and managers of the future by fostering a culture of safety through early and continued interventions in the education and training systems.”

Anschub – program for the good healthy school (Germany)
Web site is the alliance for sustainable school health and education in Germany. This campaign is an initiative of the Bertelsmann Foundation, from 2010 a newly formed association will continue the activities independently.
The common goal of all parties is to link together health and education in a proper way in order to permanently implement it in school life. It started as a pilot project, but now is used by students, teachers and parents in hundreds of schools. In three Bundesländer there are already state programs for the good healthy school, in two others there are model regions.

A whole-school approach to a healthy school (UK)
Web site
The National Healthy Schools’ Programme, lodged within the whole-school approach, provides a model for partnership working between health services, local authorities and schools, with the aim of promoting a coherent and holistic message about the importance of choosing a healthier lifestyle (DfCSF, 2007). In particular, it allows children and young people to have input into processes and access to support services, while facilitating better working relationships with parents or carers and local communities, with a final outcome of sustainable change.

“Healthy Schools” WECF Pilot Project (Greece/ Bulgaria)
WECF web site
The “Healthy Schools” Programme was initiated by WECF through this Pilot Project carried out in four schools of Bulgaria and Greece, namely: Romain Rolland Language School, Stara Zagora, and Language High School, Pleven (Bulgaria), and Lykeio Kallitheas, Athens, and Fryganiotis Private School, Salonica (Greece). It addresses schools, teachers and particularly children and their families as well.

Paul acquires a taste for it (Germany)
Web site
A naughty bunny with a lazy and a thick fur coat. A clever worm with a consuming passion for carrots. And a French frog with exquisite culinary skills.
All this and much more are the ingredients for a five-course theater menu with bite. "Paul acquires a taste for it" is a crisp, fresh story about the joy of eating and the joy of movement. Prepared with a great sense of humor, the right amount of information and plenty of charm, the piece is a real treat.
Through its balanced mix of learning and joy of life it offers a crisp, fresh experience for all senses and tastes.
An educational play about healthy eating, exercise and enjoyment of life

Youth Engagement Toolkit (Canada)
Web site
The Youth Engegement Toolkit by the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health is a free eBook, made to promote the importance of youth engagement for school health. The book is available online and additionl videos and interactive pages maximize the experience.

Children's environmental health (International)
Web site
Global Plan of Action for Children's Health and the Environment by WHO.
This draft Global Plan of Action is designed to provide a road map for WHO, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and all concerned stakeholders to contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed development declarations, commitments and goals, in particular those related to reducing infant mortality (MDG 4) and ensuring environmental sustainability (MDG 7).

"I live a healthy life" (Germany)
Web site
The Labor Welfare counters the rise of unhealthy behaviours and health disorders with the countrywide health initiative "I live a healthy life". The initiative closely corresponds to the health-aim of the Saxon Social Ministry "Growing up healthy in day-care-centers".

YouTube channel of ILO TV (International)
Web site
This YouTube channel concentrates all ILO TV available worldwide, to fight child labour. It is a collection of many child-labor-ralated films. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the tripartite United Nations agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work throughout the world.

National healthy school standard (NHSS)(UK)
Web site
National programme, with possibility for schools to adopt a programme suited to their situation. To get the classification “healthy school” the school must have achieved targets set by the local programme. Schools are then expected to build on any achievements and make progress towards additional targets and focus on new themes.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Gut Drauf (In a good mood)(Germany)
Ministry web site
Gut Drauf (In a good mood) is a program of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) to improve the health of girls and boys between 12 and 18 years. One special focus called Tutmirgut is aimed at children aged 5 to 11 years.
Health must be influenced by offers to a healthy diet, adequate exercise and stress management. The campaign relies on the interests and needs of girls and boys.
The program appeals to professionals in schools, institutions of youth work, sports clubs and training companies and travel agencies.

ENHPS - The European Network of Health Promoting Schools Project (Turkey)
Ministry web site
This project is coordinated by the Turkish Ministry of Health. The Health Promoting Schools Project aims at achieving healthy lifestyles for the total school population by developing supportive environments conducive to the promotion of health.

“Airedale Backcare Programme for Children” (UK)
Web site
The ABC programme was designed in the response to the problem of low back pain. Research by BackCare found 50% of children would experience low back pain by the age of 14. In response to this statistic, the ABC team developed health education initiative.
Model project: pro-health kindergarten Web site

Healthy children - healthy school (Germany)
Web site
School project in Germany. All children receive a running badge (for a non-stop run lasting at least 15 minutes). Parents who are not employed take active part in the events. Families change their eating habits, and to some extent also their leisure habits.

The MediPaeds - a team of teachers and medical practitioners (Germany)
Web site
A project with papers and seminars for the promotion of health amongst children and teenagers.

Glasses to see with (Italy)
Institute web site
Short film entitled `Glasses to see with', in which a grandfather, representing the values of experience and safety, asks his grandchildren questions and waits for the answers. These appear as subtitles and can be read aloud by children in karaoke style.

TigerKids – active kindergarten (Germany)
Web site
Promoting health amongst children of kindergarten age and prevention of obesity amongst children.

Healthy schools in the Netherlands (The Netherlands)
Web site
The school programme of NIGZ focuses on promoting health and safety in primary and secondary schools in the Netherlands. There is structural collaboration with nine national health promoting institutes on health promoting schools.

"Nutritional education for Saxony" project (Germany)
Web site
Project for children aged approximately 3 to 11 in childcare facilities, primary schools and special needs schools in Saxony.

The value of milk – from food safety to occupational safety (Italy)
Web site
Promoting risk awareness in children and young people through a collaborative approach between enterprises and schools/universities; dissemination of examples of good practice based on effective risk evaluation and a subsequent action programme involving a holistic approach to the employment of young workers.

To learn more, please go to our TOOLBOX and type in the title (or part of the title) of the example or follow the link to the project web site (this will open in a new browser window).
Please note: because of the permanent work on the database, this list cannot be and is probably not complete - feel free to use the TOOLBOX search function to find more examples.

Please take a look at our other Hot Topics as well, for instance "Noise, sound and listening" (which covers the "Healthy Children"- topic, too) and "Safe School".