Our SimplyHealthy@Schools program was born out of a desire to make our health and well-being expertise and resources available to a wider community.
Growing and aging populations, increasing healthcare demands and the growing pressure of lifestyle-related diseases make current healthcare systems unsustainable. Some of us do not have a choice, simply having no access to the essentials that many take for granted – clean air and water, adequate nutrition, basic sanitation and access to healthcare. Others do have a choice – to eat a diet lower in saturated fats, do more exercise or give up smoking, and so reduce our risk of suffering cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer. But for most, old habits die hard, requiring innovative lifestyle solutions to help us change. For the next generation we can make it much easier. By educating them from an early age about their lifestyle and what it takes to stay healthy – and hopefully nurturing attitudes and habits that will stay with them into adulthood.
Our SimplyHealthy@Schools community program builds on past experience where employees applied their knowledge and volunteered in local schools to upgrade lighting and educate children on energy efficiency. In 2011, we expanded the program into over 50 countries (up from 38 in 2010), reaching almost 140,000 students, going to over 504 schools and actively involving more than 6.000 employees from around the world on the ground and many thousands more online.
The SimplyHealthy@Schools Healthy Heroes toolkit is aimed at children aged 8-12 years old and illustrates simple ways of increasing your health and well-being by paying special attention to air, light, water and oral hygiene, as well as to exercise and environmental care. When these factors are improved, children perform better and their overall mental and physical well being also improves. Simultaneously, the Healthy Heroes program makes children aware of the positive influence that they can have themselves on their lifestyle and their environment. The participating schools around the world also receive a free upgrade of the lighting in their classrooms to energy-efficient solutions that reduce energy consumption while enhancing teachers’ and pupils’ sense of well-being.