We Act – together for health

We Act – Together for Health is a development and research project with a multicomponent curriculum-integrated school intervention focusing on physical activity and lunch meal, using a democratic and participatory approach to health education. 

Objectives on health, health education and the health promoting school

  • To promote school children's health, particularly with a focus on physical activity, diet and well-being
  • To develop pupils' health and action competences focusing on movement, food, meals and well-being as well as promoting a healthy environment at the school
Objectives on developing and disseminating tools
  • To develop health education tools / training materials, which are inspired by democratic health education perspective and integrated into the curriculum.
  • To disseminate knowledge of the developed materials nationally via EMU.dk to other schools
Research objectives
  • To investigate the children’s perspective on their participation in We Act as health education process. 
  • To evaluate the implementation of We Act according to the proposed in Teacher Guides in order to inform the interpretation and understanding of intervention outcomes.
  • To evaluate the effect of the We Act intervention on children’s physical activity and lunch meal 
  • To assess the effect of the We Act intervention on children’s well-being and social capital 

Design and methods
A school intervention with a quasi-experimental design, 4 intervention schools and 4 control schools. A variety of methods are used to collect data:

In all the schools
- A pre- and post-questionnaire to pupils
- A pre- and post-pedometer measurement of pupils physical activity 
- A pre- and post-photo measurement of pupils lunch meal

In the intervention schools
- Questionnaires to maths and Danish teachers regarding their assessment of the tools
- Interviews with school head masters and teachers
- Focus group interviews with pupils
- Observation of health education lessons

Target group
The target group is Grade 5 and 6, pupils (aged 10-13) and indirectly maths and Danish teachers in primary school. 

Expected ending and outcome
Project Start Date: 15.12.2014. Project Stop Date: 15.12.2017

Expected outcome:
- Health educational material developed, tested and adjusted
- One Ph.D-student graduated
- 6-8 scientific articles submitted and 4 published by 2017. 

Collaborators

Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute, Mørkhøj, Denmark.

Links
Material for health education on physical activity

Material for health education on food and meal culture, and on Vision workshop with pupils on the health promoting school

Sidst opdateret 20-09-2016

Responsible
Ane Høstgaard Bonde
Researcher.