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At HPB, we encourage schools to establish a culture that promotes healthy living. Here are some programmes your school can adopt to empower students, staff and parents in supporting this culture. Some of these programmes are also available to Full-time Madrasahs.
 

Creating a supportive environment

We have a variety of programmes that help students learn about nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse, mental health and sexuality education.

For Students

  • Nutrition
Healthy Meals in Schools Programme
Objective: Increase students’ awareness of healthy nutrition.

Target audience: All students, staff and canteen vendors

Programme details:
Participating schools will be provided the criteria and guidelines on providing healthier food and beverage choices in schools.

Find out more about Healthy Meals in Schools Programme here.

  • Physical Activity
Active Youth Programme
Objective: Increase physical activity participation among students through regular contemporary workout sessions.

Target audience: All students

Programme details:
  • Schools can choose between a progressive or exposure package.
    - Progressive package: enable students to learn a skill and gain confidence in sports through regular sessions with increased intensity.
    - Exposure package: enable students to try different activities & learn new skills. Intensity remains at beginner level for all sessions.
  • Each student is required to attend a minimum of 12 1-hour sessions.
  • A minimum of 25 students are required for each session.
  • Logistics support required from schools: portable sound system with microphone, music player, first aid kit and raised platform/stage (preferably indoor venue in case of rain).

Format: In-person* or virtual

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures

  • Mental Health 
Let’s Face It – Forum Theatre

Objective: Empower students with the knowledge and skills to better manage emotions and promote positive emotional wellbeing.

Target audience: Secondary 1 to 2 students

Programme details:
A 40-minute interactive forum theatre that teaches students to:  

  • Identify what are emotions, its signs and symptoms.
  • Explore healthy coping methods that works for them.
  • Seek support when problems seem too challenging to be dealt with alone

Format: In-person* or virtual

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures

I Ally – Musical Theatre

Objective: Equip students with the knowledge and skills to manage conflict and stress, and avoid smoking initiation.

Target audience: Secondary 3 to 5 students

Programme details:
A 45-minute interactive forum musical that covers the following topics:

1) Conflict Management

  • Using I-statements
  • 3Cs (collaborate, compromise and concede)

2) Stress Management

  • Using cognitive re-appraisals to cope with stressors
  • Debunk myth that smoking relieves stress

3) Smoking

  • Benefits of a tobacco free lifestyle
  • Be assertive and reject cigarette
  • Give an excuse
  • Change the subject
  • Just say no, firmly and repeatedly
  • Reversing the pressure

 

Format: In-person* or virtual

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures

  • Tobacco Control 
Be Strong to Say No! – Assembly Skit

Objective: To educate students on the harms of smoking/vaping and equip them with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions.

Target audience: Secondary 1 to 5 students

Programme Content:
A 30-minute Interactive Assembly Skit to raise awareness on:

  • The harms of smoking/vaping.
  • How smoking/vaping is related to other youth developmental issues.
  • The benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle.
  • Promoting tobacco-free norms.
  • Peer pressure to smoke/vape as one of the challenges that youths encounter during adolescence.
Format: Virtual
STRENGTHS - Smoking Cessation Programme

Objective: To help youths draw on their strengths to take control, and channel their attention away from smoking and other risky behaviours by engaging in healthy activities.

Target audience: Youth smokers in schools

Programme details:
This programme focuses on youths’ strengths in order to drive change, while enabling them to kick the habit and learn positive coping strategies.

Each 1-hour session comprises a group of 5-12 students. A whole run consists of 5 sessions, to be completed within 4 months.

Alternatively, counselling support to youths is also provided via HPB’s QuitLine (Tel: 1800 438  2000).

 

Format: Virtual

 

  • STI/HIV Prevention 
eTeens

Objective: Provide accurate information on infections such as HIV/STIs, modes of protection against infection, specifically abstinence and the correct and consistent use of condoms, as well as the consequences and impact of STIs.

Target audience: This programme is mandatory for Secondary 3 and JC/CI 1 students

Programme details:
A 1-hour mass talk followed by a classroom lesson within a month of the mass talk.

Format: Virtual

  • Integrated Health 
Youth Preventive Health and Dental Services

Objective: To conduct annual health screening, immunisation and dental services for primary school students, to ensure the protection of the students’ health and early detection of health issues.

Target audience: Secondary 1 to 5 students

Programme details:
Health Promotion Board (HPB) Youth Preventive Health and Dental Services conducts annual health screening and dental services for your students. Types of health screening include spinal, hearing and pubertal screening and height/weight/BMI measurements. Find out more on the types of health screening here, and the types dental services provided here.

HPB offers fully subsidised Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations to eligible Secondary 1 and 2 female students. HPV vaccination is not compulsory and parental consent is required for the student to receive HPV vaccination. Find out more on the vaccination here.


Format: In-person

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures

  • Targeted Intervention

These programmes aim to help students whose health are at risk due to poor weight management or addictions. Students are empowered to make lifestyle modifications and develop healthy coping habits.

Student Health Advisor (Lifestyle Coach) Programme

Objectives: Facilitate the timely detection and management of high-risk behaviors (smoking/vaping) and health related issues (obesity and chronic conditions).

Target audience: Students requiring support on weight management and smoking/vaping cessation programmes in schools.

Programme details:

  • Schools on this programme are identified by the Ministry of Education. Under this programme, healthcare professionals are stationed in schools to provide convenience for students seeking health-related advices.
  • Through individual / group health counselling sessions conducted at schools, lifestyle coaches (student health advisor) provide guidance for students with health related issues.
  • Where necessary, timely interventions and follow ups are provided.

Format: Format: In-person* or virtual / tele-counselling

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures

For Educators 

Youth Mental Health Literacy for Educators

Objective: To equip educators with knowledge and skills on common youth mental health issues and the ability to identify warning signs in youth

Target audience: Educators and staff (30 pax per session)

Programme details:
A full day interactive workshop where educators will:

  • Acquire knowledge on common youth mental health trends.
  • Be trained to identify early warning signs in youth.
  • Be equipped with necessary skills to provide appropriate support and referral to services / resources in the school setting for youths before / after professional help.
  • Encourage help-seeking behaviour and early treatment.
 
Format: Virtual
ADVOCATE - Smoking Cessation Workshop for Educators

Objective: Equip educators/school staff with knowledge and strategies to help students quit smoking/vaping and to perform smoking/vaping cessation counselling for youths.

Target audience: Educators/school staff involved in smoking cessation for students (25 pax per session)

Programme details:
Participants will be taught practical strategies to help youths understand their smoking behaviour and motivate them to lead a smoke-free lifestyle. Topics include:

  • Latest youth trends on tobacco use.
  • Understanding e-cigarettes and vaping and facts vs myths.
  • Understanding youth smoking behaviours.
  • Use of strengths-based tools and assessment in youth smoking cessation.

Format: Virtual

Health CHAMPS Workplace Health Promotion Programme for Staff

Objective: Improve the health and wellbeing of employees in schools and build a health promoting workplace.

Rationale: A sustained and effective workplace health programme improves the overall health and wellbeing of employees. This contributes to a positive workplace environment and productive workforce.

Target audience: All staff

Programme details:

  • Engaging workshops that help your staff improve their wellbeing during contact time or staff engagement days.
  • Your staff will learn to use tools such as online health coaching and health-related applications to track their personal health.
  • Selected members of your staff will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and resources to champion workplace health activities among the rest of the staff.

Format: In-person* or virtual

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures

For Parents 

Colours of the Mind

Objective: Equip parents or caregivers with tips to help their child cope with challenges and enhance their mental health and well-being.

Target audience: Parents with children 13 to 17 years old

Programme details:
A 1-hour virtual workshop where parents will learn to:

  • Establish better communications with your child.
  • Build your child’s social intelligence.
  • Build your child’s emotional intelligence and more!

 

Format: Virtual

Contact Details

Contact schools@hpb.gov.sg for further enquiries or to register your interest in the programmes listed above.