EU Co-funded Inclusive Wholesome Way of life Teams in Faculties challenge kicks off with first transnational Consortium assembly.

European Union flag reads: Co-funded by the European Union.

Particular Olympics are delighted to announce a brand new well being challenge which is co-funded by the EU. The challenge goals to develop and implement accessible and inclusive well being promotion, health and well-being packages in particular faculties and establishments tailored to the wants of scholars with mental disabilities (ID). The Particular Olympics “Inclusive Wholesome Way of life Teams in Faculties” (iHLGiS) is a three-year challenge funded underneath the EU4Health program for the “HealthyLifestyle4All” initiative. The actions can be led by peer-to-peer teams with and with out ID supported by mentors and well being specialists with focus to wholesome vitamin and hydration, common well being enhancing bodily exercise, psychological well being and well being literacy in faculties adopting the idea of “well being selling faculties”.

The challenge consortium consists of 4 Particular Olympics (SO) program companions together with SO Estonia, SO Poland, SO Berlin and SO Hellas (Greece) and a analysis companion, the Nationwide & Kapodistrian College of Athens, Greece. The challenge goals to achieve over 100 faculties, over 4000 college students with and with out ID and interesting with neighborhood stakeholders and cross sectoral engagement.

“Reaching out to the youth in faculties with a well being program by way of sports activities can be a fantastic alternative to proceed and prolong our work with faculties carrying the legacy of the Particular Olympic World Video games 2023 in Berlin. The Undertaking is focusing on important targets for Particular Olympics Berlin to carry up a brand new technology of younger individuals with and with out ID that may embody sports activities and a wholesome life-style to their each day routine from an early age. Combining that with the thought of Unified Sports activities® will go even additional for the members and is the following step for an inclusive neighborhood.”

Philipp Bertram, CEO of SO Berlin.

“This challenge will carry our Particular Olympics Well being portfolio into faculties selling wholesome life-style to sort out frequent well being challenges individuals with ID face already in younger age. Faculties are the proper setting to mix training, wholesome life-style selections and well being enhancing bodily workouts by way of peer-to-peer strategy and thru the engagement of academics, dad and mom and different neighborhood stakeholders” says Bjoern Koehler, Director SO Well being packages within the Particular Olympics Europe Eurasia area.