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

Schools on the Move (Finland)
Finnish Schools on the Move is a national action programme aiming to establish a physically active culture in Finnish comprehensive schools. Schools and municipalities participating in the programme implement their own individual plans to increase physical activity during the school day. More than 90% of municipalities and of comprehensive schools (2 116 schools) are involved in the programme.

Healthy and cheerful with a fresh pinch of exercise per day - despite Corona! (Germany)
A program for physical exercises for school children to keep them active and healthy.

Learnometer (UK)
Learnometer is a device to monitor and examine the learning environment at school to make it healthier and to reduce factors that could make it less healthy. The Learnometer enables you to comprehensively monitor your learning environment and work out how to improve learning outcomes. It tracks the seven key factors that determine air quality: temperature, humidity, light, sound levels, carbon dioxide (CO2), chemicals (VOCs), and dust (PM2.5). It has a touch sensitive and fully customizable display, with an 8-hour battery backup. It can be used to constantly monitor your air quality, and connects to your wireless network so it can be managed remotely.

PHE Canada (Canada)
Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) champions healthy, active kids by promoting and advancing quality physical and health education opportunities and healthy learning environments. Supporting community champions with quality programs, professional development services, and community activation initiatives, PHE Canada inspires all to live healthy, physically active lives.
The website offers tools, guides, resources, and more.

Guide to Well-Rested Kids at Every Age (USA)
Children need an adequate amount of sleep so they can grow, develop, and thrive. Sleep is vital for learning and the sleep habits your kids develop when they’re young can stay with them for a lifetime.
At any age, it can be challenging for kids to sleep well, just as we experience similar difficulties as adults.
The amount of sleep children need and how to help them achieve those metrics depends on their age, and the following provides a guide to helping kids of all ages get the sleep they need.

Joy in Motion (Finland)
The Joy in Motion programme is realised in accordance with each unit’s own situation, utilising the Baby steps ideology and models for continued development. The Joy in Motion programme will progress one step at a time, in accordance with the situation and needs of each individual unit.
Each phase of the development work is bolstered by the programme’s concrete tools and support materials, network support and regional seminars.

Generation Pep (Sweden)
Generation Pep is a non-profit organisation initiated by the Swedish Crown Princess Couple, with the vision that all children and young people in Sweden should have the ability and desire to live an active and healthy life. Therefore, Generation Pep works to spread knowledge and engage both people and organisations in a joint effort to make it easier for children and young people to live a healthy life. To have a chance to succeed with this long term vision, Generation Pep wants to involve the whole community in the work - from local enthusiasts to politicians and policymakers.

Pedagogical training packages for teachers (Finland)
Activoppi training model promotes physical, mental and social well-being of pupils, sense of the community and inclusion, school satisfaction and enjoyability. Activoppi training model is made up of very clear, well thought-out and modelled parts that can be used in any country and in any school.

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.

Gesund von Anfang an – healthy from the beginning (Germany)
BGW Website
The trainees are divided into two classes at each of the nursing schools: one intervention class and one control class. Over the period of the trainee (three years) the intervention group is trained for example in the issues of health and safety, resilience, ergonomics, prevention of addiction, social relationships in addition to the general education of the control group. They are supported by their teachers (school) and their mentors (nursing homes).

Kiddiesdom is an initiative tailored towards educating children about major global and environmental issues not emphasized on in schools. These issues include but are not limited to safety, child abuse / molestation, climate change, waste recycling and reduction.
Children are very adept at practicing and preaching what they learn and believe. Hence, our philosophy... "An Impacted Child, A Changed Generation"
Kiddiesdom's strategy is to reform the society through children; and safety education is our first port of call.

Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) (UK)
Since September 2018, The University of Derby has been one of only four Universities in the country to offer graduate level practitioner competencies for students studying BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies from Stage 1 of the degree. The Competencies have been developed by members of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN) in consultation with students and employers, with an aim of ‘strengthening a graduate-led Early Childhood workforce that is responsive to workforce needs and improves outcomes for children’ (ECSDN, 2018).

House of good and healthy school (Germany)
School Website
A couple of health and safety activities at the school, like physical activities, safety education, health courses, classroom management, prevention of drug addiction, and more.

Train Them Young Initiative (#2TYI) (Nigeria)
A safety education organisation focused on increasing safety consciousness through interesting forms in order to reduce avoidable accidents.

Movement and learning (Germany)
PDF File
The Report 2Movement and learning – the concept of moving schools” (“Bewegte Schulen”) by Gerold Brägger, Heinz Hundeloh, Norbert Posse and Hermann Städtler is supposed to promote the concept for improvement of children’s health by sports and physical activities at school.
Historically, the school was initially a "moving school". The term Gymnasium indicates this. In ancient Greece, this meant the place where the male youth exercised body and mind. While physical exercise was still a priority at the time, today it has almost completely disappeared, and in times of dwindling time resources, the subjects that are supposedly useless for academic education, such as sports and music, are best avoided. At the same time, current education and learning research makes it increasingly clear that exercise has a beneficial effect on all learning processes.

Healthy Working: Move (UK)
As new technology continues to offer us lots of amazing devices that do incredible things, our understanding of what their long-term use can do to our bodies has failed to keep pace. Children use computers, tablets and smartphones in ways that would not be acceptable for adults in the workplace. These activities pose serious threats to their long-term health particularly as children's bodies are still developing.
Healthy Working MOVE, Developed by Cardinus and Health & Safety Laboratory, consists of free e-learning for students of all ages and an accompanying eBook for parents and teachers with advice on how to protect children in the classroom and at home. MOVE is an online learning tool for children age 7-11, 12-17 or young adults 18+
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Children’s Ergonomics (UK)
Children are not currently protected by legislation in the same way that adults are in the workplace in Europe. In many schools there is a lack of appropriate equipment such as school furniture and activity based learning techniques and environments to improve posture, fitness, attention and attainment. All too often products and services intended for children fall woefully short of the criteria expected for adults. The group aims to increase the knowledge of good ergonomics among those working with and designing for children and establish best ergonomics practice across a range of topic areas.

Physical Literacy Intervention Programme (UK)
There is growing evidence that poor physical development is becoming a universal problem. Children with poor physical development may demonstrate the following characteristics: Inability to sit still, poor concentration, poor writing skills, poor behaviour, low self-esteem, poor coordination.
All of which lead to children becoming disinterested and less likely to participate in physical activity. The referrals to physiotherapy services were increasing to unsustainable levels. Children were not achieving their normal developmental milestones due to poor core stability and general physical literacy skills.

“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 additional videos and interactive pages maximize the experience.

Health Promoting Programmes for Primary Schools (Singapore)
Web site
HPB encourages schools to establish a culture that promotes healthy living through the Health Promoting Schools Framework. Here are some programmes schools can adopt to empower students, staff and parents in supporting this culture. There is a variety of programmes that help students learn about nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse and mental health: Healthy Meals in Schools, Active Youth workout, Clear the smoke assembly skit, and more.

Children explore Safety & Health (Germany)
Web site
Children are sensitised hands-on to health and safety topics. Simple experiments based on everyday experience help to create an awareness of hazards and how to deal with them. Children’s own investigations are accompanied by teaching staff in pre- and primary schools. Practical modules are available on:
Visibility in the street (warning jackets, high-contrast clothing), Trips, slips and falls (slip resistance of different combinations of surface and footwear), Hygiene and skin protection (the right way to wash hands, power of the sun), Household toxins (hazard symbols, effects of acids and cleaning agents) and Noise (avoidance and effects).

Healthy Meals in Pre-schools Programme (Singapore)
Web site
The Healthy Meals in Pre-schools Programme (HMPP) empowers pre-schools to provide healthier meals and encourages them to educate children on eating right. As pre-schoolers who attend child care centres or kindergartens spend a major part of their day there, these pre-schools play a vital role in helping them cultivate healthy eating habits.

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".