NEWSLETTER #1 - 2018

SHE is up and running

After a period of silence, we welcome you back to the SHE newsletter.
Since our last newsletter in 2017 SHE has become an independent organisation and we now bear the name: Schools for Health in Europe network foundation.
Our new status means that we have been able to sign a four-year contract with the EU Commission ensuring funding until 2021. Hopefully, this represents a new era for SHE where we will be able to carry out important activities to improve the health of children and young people in Europe.
Among other things, we will design and implement a new SHE website to provide easier access to evidence based information on school health promotion as well as develop and implement a module for teacher training on school health promotion, a factsheet on health inequality, a SHE online school health glossary and start the development on health promoting school standards and indicators.
We hope you will continue to read our newsletter and look forward share with you the latest news on school health promotion the coming four years.

Kind regards, Anette Schulz, chairman of the SHE board

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SHE assembly 5 - 6 November 2018

The SHE assembly will take place on 5-6 November 2018 in Denmark. We ask all SHE national and regional coordinators to reserve these dates in their calendar. It will be an important meeting where we decide on the new structure of the SHE Network Foundation and the SHE Board. More information will follow soon.

SHE Research Group

Do you want to be a member of the SHE Research Group? Read more about the conditions for membership here .

UNESCO chair Global Health & Education

A new initiative on the global level to improve the health of children and young people – the UNESCO chair Global Health & Education - will be officially launched on 10 October 2018 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The aim of the Chair is to promote research and training, to contribute to building, interpreting and disseminating the knowledge base in the field of health education and health promotion in schools and communities. The SHE network will act as main contributor for the European region. Find more information.

Ireland: Project Spraoi shows positive impact on the health of primary school children

Ireland’s first ever fully evaluated school-based physical activity and healthy eating intervention proves to have a positive impact on the health of primary school children.
A total of 658 children from 10 schools participated in the evaluation. Results show:
  • the schools’ level of overweight and obesity decreased by 2%
  • the schools’ daily moderate and vigorous physical activity increased by 13 minutes per day
  • the schools’ levels of sedentary behaviour decreased 16 minutes per day
  • 97% of the children agreed water was healthy or very healthy
For more information.

Health and Physical Activity at School - the SAFE PROJECT

The main objectives of The Spanish SAFE projects (Salud y Actividad Física en la Escuela) are to design, develop and evaluate a comprehensive program of educational intervention, to improve certain health markers (BMI, body fat percentage, prevalence of back pain, fitness) and academic performance by increasing the level of physical activity of young people between 10 and 16 years of Mallorca. Today most school interventions are implemented by members of the research teams directly on the target population. This causes that the benefits for future promotions disappear, once the investigation ends. In the present project/study, the intervention will be conducted on the educational community on three levels: teachers, schools managers, and families. All actions will be collected and edited in a document, "Manual SAFE" (Health and Physical Activity at School) to be made available to the entire educational community.
For more information, see website (in Spanish) (link)   or contact Pere Antoni Borras, University of the Balearic Island.

Lithuania celebrates 25 years anniversary being in the HPS network

This year Lithuania celebrates 25 years anniversary being in the HPS network. Plenty of celebration events are planned, first of these was the national event called ‘The Health Promoting School ideas wave through Lithuania‘. The main aims of this event were to promote the HPS approach as a great instrument of organization health promoting activities at the school to local communities and to spread the health promoting school program across the country. More than 600 schools participated in this project (52 municipalities out of 60). This was a unique event because of its huge number of participants and diversity of show.
For more information see website (in Lithuanian) or contact Daiva Zeromskiene, Centre for Health Education and Disease Prevention.

Swiss has 20 years anniversary being in the HPS network

Short presentations (PechaKucha) and a report (in German, French and Italian) recount the Swiss Network of Health Promoting Schools’ 20-year history. Simultaneously, the network celebrates its development towards Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Interested parties will find its new website, concept and programmatic guidelines in German, French and Italian.

Education outside the classroom link to enjoyment of school work

Education outside the classroom link to enjoyment of school work
Relocation of teaching in primary school core subjects from classrooms to places outside the school buildings, around 5 hours a week, is associated with intrinsic school motivation, which is an indicator for a joyful schoolwork experience. Education outside the classroom is a worldwide-applied teaching method characterised by group work, hand-on, and pupil-led enquiry-based activities taking place in green space and cultural environments. The research is a part of the Danish quasi-experimental school-based intervention study TEACHOUT.
For more information, read article.

School Health Research Network in Wales winds Innovation Award

The School Health Research Network has won an award for ‘Innovation in Healthcare’ from Cardiff University. The Network is a partnership between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners and all secondary schools in Wales are members. In autumn 2017 over 112,000 students from 193 schools took part in a Student Health and Wellbeing Survey. In spring 2018 each school received a Student Health and Wellbeing Report, containing data on a range of topics including diet and physical activity, substance use and mental health. Schools are now analysing their reports and using them to plan school health actions.
For more information, see webpage.

Implementation of projects to preserve the health of students in the Republic of Belarus

Since 2016, the implementation of the projects “School – Territory of Health” is provided by the state program “People’s Health and Demographic Security of the Republic of Belarus” for 2016-2020 in order to create a unified preventive environment in Belarusian schools. In May 2018, the project involved 737 schools, which is 26.8% of the republic’s schools. 36.3% of the country’s students (339,109 people) study at “School – Territory of Health”. Programs to promote healthy lifestyles, integration into the educational process of health-improving activities, questionnaires, training of teachers in health education at methodical meetings, pedagogical councils, parental education at meetings and other activities have been developed at schools.
For more information, contact SHE coordinator Elena Guzik.

Italy: Cooperation between Health Promoting Schools and Health Services through a definition of good practices

Schools and health services should cooperate in an intersectoral framework focused on the governance of health determinants as defined by Ottawa Chart. And cooperation among professionals with different background is possible and valuable, as the following shows.
In Lombardy 135 schools submitted 373 suggestions and these suggestions were screened by a team of SPS Network representatives (principals and teachers) and health services managers and practitioners. Each suggestion was analysed by 3 researchers through a blind study using a reference grid. 137 suggestions were accepted as “good practices”. Theoretical foundation, ethics, efficacy, participatory approach, needs assessment and sustainability were used as criteria for evaluation.
For more information, see website (Italian) link 1 and VERSO LE BUONE PRATICHE (Italian) link2 or contact SHE coordination Liliana Coppola.

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