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At HPB, we encourage schools to establish a culture that promotes healthy living through our Health Promoting Schools Framework. 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.

You can register for these programmes through your zonal leads.

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.

Active Youth Recharge

Objective: Students will discover the fun in staying active and eating healthily.

Target Audience: Students with BMI-for-age greater than 90

Programme details:

Schools can schedule from 4 to 8 sessions (1hr or 1.5 hrs session), at intervals of 2 – 3 weeks between each session, over a period 2.5 - 6 months.

Minimum of 40 students required for each session.

Logistics support required: portable sound system with microphone, music player, first aid kit and raised platform/stage (preferably indoor venue in case of rain)

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

Target audience: All students and staff

Programme details: Find out about the programme criteria, how we will support your school, and more.
Active Youth Workout
Objective: Increase physical activity participation among students through regular contemporary workout sessions

Target audience: All students

Programme details:
  • Schools can schedule 4 to 10 sessions at intervals of 1 to 2 weeks between each session.
  • A minimum of 40 students are required for each session.
  • Logistics support will be required - portable sound system with microphone, music player, first-aid kit and a raised platform/stage (preferably indoor venue is preferred in case of rain).
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.
"Be Strong to Say No" Skit

Objectives:

  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions
  • Educate about the harms of smoking such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes
  • Highlight peer pressure to smoke as one of the challenges that youth encounter during adolescence

Target Audience: Secondary 1 to 3 students

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

  • How smoking is related to other youth developmental issues
  • The benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle
  • Promoting smoke-free norms
“Let’s Face it” – Forum theatre

Objective: Empower students with knowledge and skills to better understand and manage challenging emotions, promoting positive emotional wellbeing.

Programme Details:

❖ 40-min interactive forum theatre

❖ Requires student participation

Synopsis:

Adnan is a high-achiever and is under pressure to be come the school’s top student. However, he has terrible troubles sleeping at night due to anxiety and does not want to speak about the issue. Shu Han, who is Adnan’s friend, is an average student who

often gets teased by classmates. Timmy, a fellow schoolmate, is moody and likes to express his frustrations online. He seems to be gaining popularity with online friends commenting on his angry posts. How will the trio manage these emotions?

“I, Ally” – Musical theatre

Objective: To equip students with knowledge and skills to manage conflicts, stress, and to avoid smoking initiation.

Programme Details:

❖ 45-min interactive forum theatre

Areas of Topic:

Theme 1 (Conflict management & relationships):

• Using I-Statements

• 3Cs (Collaborate, compromise and Concede)

Theme 2 (Managing stress):

• Use cognitive reappraisal to cope with stress

• Debunk myth that smoking relieves stress

Theme 3 (Smoking):

• Benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle

• Be assertive and reject cigarette offers

– Give and excuse

– Change the subject

– Just say ‘NO’, firmly and repeatedly

– Reversing the pressure

eTeens Programme

Objective: Provide accurate information on sexually transmitted infections, HIV/STIs and protection

Target audience: Secondary 3 and JC/CI 1 students

Programme details:

  • For Secondary School students:
    • One mass talk
    • Class-based lesson taught by MOE-trained sexuality education teachers (one week after the mass talk)
  • For Junior College/Centralised Institute students:
    • One mass talk. Note that the corresponding class-based lesson in Growing Years (Unit 2 Lesson 3: With Knowledge, Comes Responsibility) should be carried out within a month after the mass talk has been conducted.

Providing targeted intervention for identified groups

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 – Tobacco Control

Objective: A smoking cessation programme to equip and support youth smokers to quit smoking

Target Audience: Youth smokers in secondary schools

Programme Content:
4 coaching sessions within 6 months to:

·Assess student's readiness to reduce/quit smoking and set goals
·Educate students on the risks of smoking
·Impart coping strategies on managing stress
·Follow-up with students to motivate and support them on the quit journey

 

STRENGTHS Smoking Cessation Programme

Objective:

To help youth understand and draw upon their strengths in order to take control of their own process of change and channel their attention away from smoking and other risky behaviours by engaging in healthy activities.

Target Audience: Youth Smokers in the Polytechnics

Programme details:

Using a strengths-based approach, this programme focuses on the youth’s strengths rather than their problems in order to drive change by eliciting their inner strength and wisdom while equipping them the skills and knowledge to kick the habit and learning positive coping strategies.

The programme comprises of 4 to 5 small group sessions to be completed within 4 months. The duration for each session is 1 hour.

Building the capacity of stakeholders

These programmes equip parents and students to promote healthy living among their family and peers.

“Health promotion for Educators” – Teacher’s Training

Objective: Equip educators with the knowledge and skills on important child and youth health topics and subsequently, help their students lead a healthy lifestyle.

Programme details:

❖ Understand the impact of health promotion on students’ holistic development

❖ Acquire health literacy on important child and youth health topics: nutrition, physical activity, mental health, sleep and smoking prevention

❖ Be trained on strategies and ideas which educators can use to promote a supportive health environment for students

"Colours of the Mind” Digital Workshops for Parents

In this workshop, we'll be sharing on the 3 domains of Mental wellbeing: Positive functioning, Social and Emotional Intelligence. There'll also be practical parenting tips and discussions on how to Care, Communicate and Coach your child in a way to boost up their mental wellbeing. Importantly, as parents we will learn about self-care techniques too, which will be useful as we journey through parenthood.

ADVOCATE Smoking Cessation Workshop for Educators of Youth

Objective: A programme designed to equip school staff with knowledge and strategies to help students quit smoking

Target Audience: School teachers / staff involved in smoking cessation for students

Programme Content:
5 segments and an assessment where participants will be:

  • Required to complete an online module on smoking cessation prior to the workshop
  • Taught practical strategies to help youths understand their smoking behaviour and motivate them to lead a smoke-free lifestyle
Mental Health Literacy for Educators

Objective: Train educators on:

  • Basic knowledge on common mental health problems that students may face and the ability to pick up early warning signs
  • Necessary skills to provide appropriate support and referral to services and resources in the school for students, both before and after they seek professional help
  • Encouraging help-seeking and promoting early treatment

Target audience: Head of departments and educators

Programme details: A full-day workshop with content specific to youths aged 13 to 18.

Student Health Ambassadors

Objective: Empower students with skills to become health ambassadors

Target audience: Lower secondary students and student leaders

Programme details:

  • A one-day workshop (10am to 4pm) that equips students with knowledge and skills on:
    • Peer-led health promotion
    • Pertinent health issues related to youths
    • Life skills such as project management, team work and communication
  • Students are required to implement a health promotion project and submit a report to us within three months of project implementation.
  • A minimum of 40 students per session, or 10 students if combined with another school

Sample road map

Here is an example of how your school can implement a variety of health programmes targeting different health aspects throughout the year:

Term  Focus and programmes 

Term 1

Focus: Nutrition

  • Healthy Meals in Schools Programme
 Term 2

Focus: Weight management

  • "Let's Face It" Interactive Forum Theatre
  • eTeens Programme
Term 3 

Focus: Substance abuse

  • "Be Strong to Say No" Assembly Skit on tobacco prevention
  • Active Youth Workout
Term 4 

Focus: Mental health

  • "I, Ally" Transition Programme
  • "Health Promotion for Educators" — Teacher's Training

Contact details of zonal leads

Zone Zonal lead 
North  Ms Pearlin Cheng
South Ms Venassa Chin
East Ms Lydia Chua
West  Ms Nim K. Sandhu