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SCHOOLS FOR HEALTH IN EUROPE
NEWSLETTER #2 2017
We are delighted to send to you our second SHE newsletter in 2017. For further information about the specific news items please follow the hyperlinks.
We wish you all a happy Easter.

Just out: Special issue on School Health Promotion in HPI

In collaboration with Health Promotion International the SHE secretariat initiated a special issue on School Health Promotion, Volume 32, Issue 2, April 2017. The editorial was written by members of the SHE research group and gives an update of the current research and policy developments on School Health Promotion in the European region: All articles are original peer-reviewed research papers on school health promotion and are accessible for free.
Find the special issue here.

SHE Academy on 29 Nov. - 1 Dec. 2017 in Copenhagen

Save the date!
The SHE Academy (formerly known as SHE summer school) will be held on 29 November – 1 December 2017 in Copenhagen. More information will be published on the SHE website and social media soon.

Planning Committee meeting in Copenhagen

2.-3. February 2017 the SHE Planning Committee met in Copenhagen. The 2017 SHE workplan under the new leadership of University College South Denmark was discussed as well as the future strategy of the SHE network. This will lead to a new SHE strategy plan for 2017-2020 which will be presented and discussed at the 2017 SHE assembly later this year.

Youth-friendly health policies in the European Region

This new publication is about experiences of how health systems in Member States of the WHO European Region and respond to the challenges of meeting the health and development need of young people. The main aim is to facilitate experience-sharing and stimulate actions in countries.

European Parliament on sexuality education

A 2016 study updates knowledge on the provision of sexual education and reproductive rights in the EU. It involved a review of recent research and data on sexual and reproductive health, and case studies in Denmark, Spain and the United Kingdom. Good quality sexual and relationship education (SRE) reduces risk of sexually transmitted infection, unplanned pregnancy and sexual exploitation amongst young people. However, the implementation of sex and relationship education is inconsistent across Member States.

Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study

The new HBSC study has just been published. The study focuses on health inequality and gives both scientific and policy conclusions.

Paris declaration focus on school health promotion

In Paris on 7-8 December 2016 a WHO high level conference was held on ‘Partnerships for the health and well-being of our young and future generations’. The aim of the conference was to strengthen intersectoral cooperation between the health, education and social sectors in the WHO European Region. This helps to create better, more equal health and social outcomes for children and adolescents and their families. The draft declaration of the Paris conference (hyperlink here) is now available. One of the outcomes was that every school in the European region should be a setting that promotes health and wellbeing. Another recommendation is that the SHE network should be strengthen and expanded.

Meeting of WHO collaborating centres

Edinburgh 13-14 February 2017

A meeting was organized by WHO EURO and NHS Scotland in Edinburgh of WHO Collaborating Centres on Child and Adolescent in the European region. The objectives of the meeting were to share recent developments and updated information on Child and Adolescent Health, with a main focus of quality of care and health promoting schools. It was a great opportunity to share the activities of the collaborating centres and to discuss the draft results of a baseline survey in the member states on their Child and Adolescent Strategy, which will be available later in 2017. The revival of the SHE network, hosted by the University College South Denmark was very much welcomed. The University College is now in the process of becoming a WHO Collaborating Centre on School Health Promotion.

SHE assist OECD in School Curriculum Content Mapping

OECD has assembled a group of experts in physical education. The national SHE coordinator from Denmark, Børge Koch, is part of this expert group. They will map curriculum content in relation to physical activity in schools by examining the relevance between existing skills, attitudes and values to create a "heatmap". The aim is to support countries' curriculum in relation to educational practice in schools/classrooms towards 2030.

Supporting Health Promoting Schools in Kazakhstan

The SHE secretariat (Goof Buijs) is involved in a WHO pilot project to support health promoting school development in Kazakhstan. Together with the WHO country office 6 pilot schools in 4 regions in Kazakhstan are introduced to the Russian version of the SHE school manual (translation of the English version of the SHE online school manual). The schools were trained in November 2016, currently they are developing their school action plan and completing the SHE rapid assessment tool. In the period March - October 2017 the pilot schools will carry out their plans and evaluate their outcomes. In February Goof Buijs visited the pilot schools and met with local and regional stakeholders. In April another workshop will be held with the pilot schools to share experiences and discuss challenges. The project will finish in October 2017 with an closing conference, resulting in a culturally adapted SHE school manual for Kazakhstan and recommendations for a national plan for Health Promoting Schools in Kazakhstan. Also improvement of school health services is part of the project

SHE at Healthy City konference in Pecs Hungary

For the first time the SHE network attended the annual European Healthy City Network conference in Pecs Hungary 1-3 March 2017. SHE contributed to the workshop 'Leave no child behind', together with the European network of Healthy Regions, on Friday 3 March 2017. The main aim of this workshop was to explore how these European WHO related networks (on health promoting schools, healthy cities and healthy regions) can work together. This was one of the outcomes of the WHO High Level conference in Paris December 2016.
The workshop was very succesfull and one of its outcomes was that each school in a healthy city should become a health promoting school. The SHE network intends to stimulate cooperation between the networks concerning sharing of information, communication, tools, capacity building and research.

2.840.550,00 Euro to health promotion in Norway

The County Council of Østfold in Norway has received 2.840.550,00 Euro from The Savings Bank Foundation DNB, to a project called RØRE. “Røre” is a Norwegian word meaning to move or stir.
Research shows that there is increasing evidence for the association between physical activity, cardiovascular fitness, overweight, and cognitive function during childhood and adolescence. Evidence also suggests that these variables are linked to academic achievement. Hence, an important part of the project is to increase the overall level of physical activity in school. The aim is to introduce more activity based learning (education through movements) in all subjects and across the curriculum. The second important aim is to increase knowledge about healthy nutrition, and introduce healthy food.
Read the full project description here.

 

ECER 2017 and Health Education Research

The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) this year is taking place on 22 – 25 August in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference is usually attended by over 2000 delegates, from all the fields of educational research. Research related to school based health education and health promotion is organized through Network 8, Research on Health Education. The submission deadline is closed, but you can still register for the conference and attend the conference programme, which is expected to feature about 50 papers in the area of school health promotion.

Assessment Tools for Health Promoting Kindergarten in Poland

In Poland 3400 schools are Health Promoting Schools who are linked in a national network. The network has established quality standards, assessment tools of evaluation and a National Certificate for Health Promoting Schools. There has been a strong interest among kindergartens to evaluate their work in the light of health promotion. Therefore a manual describing a conceptual framework and strategy of developing health promoting kindergartens has been developed. Also, indicators and assessment tools have been developed for kindergartens to evaluate their health promoting activities. Currently, the tools are being verified in a pilot project carried out in kindergartens in three provinces of Poland.

Activities of SHE branch office in Moscow

An International Conference of the EECA countries "Formation of a healthy way of life of students in modern conditions“ took place in Moscow on 14th-15th of November 2016. There were more than 400 participants, including WHO EURO and the SHE network.
 
The annual workshop of SHE national coordinators of the Eastern European and Central Asian countries on health promoting schools was held in Moscow on 16th-17th November 2016.
The workshop was attended by representatives of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. Also Goof Buijs (SHE network) and two representatives of the WHO Regional Office for Europe - Martin Weber and Aigul Kuttumuratova – were present. Topics discussed at the workshop:
  • The main directions of work of health promoting schools, the problems and ways to solve them.
  • The main directions of the Network of Health Promoting Schools in Europe
  • Plans and prospects of the SHE Moscow branch office.
  • Strategies of providing mental well-being of students in educational institutions.

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