The active involvement of parents and community is essential to the health promoting school. This tool gives examples of how to involve different target groups.


In cross-cultural collaboration, children are encouraged to think both locally and globally. This tool gives examples of how schools in different countries can use one another in different stages of a health project. And it gives tips and advices to ensure effective web-based communication between pupils.


This tool points out potential partners from the community and it explains benefits and outcomes for schools and community from collaboration.


These Guidelines are made for policymakers (i.e. heads of department or senior officials within ministries) and are designed to inform the provision of quality physical education across the full age range from early years through secondary education. They provide a framework to support the development of several dimensions of human capital in a unique, comprehensive way. Some of the case studies in the guidelines are chosen by HEPCOM as examples. Read the guidelines for more examples.


These guidelines set out ways in which infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity can be assessed and improved across five key areas: policymaking, planning, building, financing, and management. They present a set of criteria for good practice and are illustrated by a number of case studies. The criteria aim to improve opportunities for achieving the principles of equity, inter-sectoral collaboration and participation.


This manual helps schools to introduce and implement a school programme promoting healthy eating and physical activity, including a rapid assessment tool.It introduces the concept of school policy on healthy eating and physical activity and provides suggestions and guidelines for its development.


This template helps the local authorities to systematize  the  datacollection in a project on national level, local level and academic  level. The primary aim of the datacollection is to gather good and inspiring examples of ‘best practice’.


This is an example of training material for professional practitioners in the field of early childhood education. Topics: Conceptions of health, social inequality in health, the community as a health promoting factor, social heritage and social inequality, mechanisms of social inclusion and exclusion.


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The Traffic Light Matrix is a tool that focuses on the links between a specific sector and it’s strategic importance for the region. This adapted version of the tool focuses specifically on the health sector and it’s level of investment, employment and other economical issues.


This document gives examples of important reflections concerning: Choosing the team members, building the team and creating a collaborative community process.


An essential part of the health-promoting school is contact and communication between children and local  experts  and  “resource  persons”. This document gives some examples of how to facilitate the contact.


This tool helps children to document and evaluate neighborhood living. This can lead to an open dialogue with community residents and increase the children's awareness of the diversity of individual perceptions of neighbourhood spaces and lifestyles - and point out problems to resolve and spaces to redesign.


This tool is useful for involving e.g. parents, grandparents, teachers and health professionals. The adults are asked to recall images of significant behaviours, places, activities, actors and situations from one’s own childhood and reflect upon present-day changes in the urban environment, childhood and parental cultures, etc. This can lead to action planning regarding problemsolving of the present city.


Community profiling involves building up a picture of the nature, needs and resources of a community with the active participation of that community. It is a useful first stage in any community planning process to establish a context upon which there is broad consensus. The methods combine group working and group interaction techniques with data collection and presentation techniques.


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HEPCOM project: preventing overweight and obesity among children and young people. The HEPCOM project aims to increase the number and quality of local community and school interventions for promoting healthy eating and physical activity among children and young people throughout Europe.

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