Schools4Health (2023-2026) is an EU4Health-funded project which aims to introduce, strengthen, and sustain the adoption of a health promoting school (HPS) approach and other whole school approaches to health. It will invest in good practices on healthy nutrition, physical activity and mental health to improve health literacy and equity, broadly contributing to the common principles of these health-promoting approaches. It will engage approximately 16 schools across the EU in a process of selection, transfer, implementation, and evaluation of good practices, with special consideration to school settings in deprived areas.
Schools4Health will demonstrate how HPS approaches not only put children and adolescents on a path to healthier lifestyles, but also improve educational outcomes and equity, as well as help address inter-related societal challenges like climate change. It will therefore also engage with policymakers and practitioners, drawing their attention to, and setting out, what they can do to promote health at school. An online awareness-raising and information campaign will be launched to support these efforts, together with the creation of a Schools4Health hub, centralising resources created and collected throughout this initiative.
Led by EuroHealthNet, the consortium is made up of 13 partners from 10 countries (Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, and Spain). Partner organisations and their respective networks represent vast expertise in the fields of school health and health promotion, with experience working with local/regional/national authorities and school settings to promote healthy school environments.