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Programmes for Tertiary Institutions

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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. These programmes are catered for the polytechnics, the Institutes of Technical Education, post-secondary institutions (excluding JCs) and universities.

The key focus of these programmes is on integrated health, mental health, obesity prevention and sexuality education. These four topics are interrelated and form a holistic representation of the different facets of health that are vital to one’s everyday life.

Integrated health

These programmes encourage students to promote mental and emotional wellbeing.  

Lifestyle Coach Programme

Objective: Facilitate the timely detection and management of high-risk behaviours, such as smoking, and health-related issues, such as obesity and chronic conditions

Target audience: Students who require support in weight management or students or students who have been found smoking

Programme details:

  • Under this programme, we arrange for professional nurses to be stationed in schools to provide convenience for students in seeking health-related advice.
  • Through individual or group health counselling sessions conducted at schools, the Lifestyle Coachs provide guidance for students with health-related issues and where necessary, offer them timely interventions and follow-ups.
  • As of 2016, the Lifestyle Coach Programme has been rolled out to 30 secondary schools, three ITE Colleges and five polytechnics. We plan to reach out to 50 secondary schools by 2017. 
Youth Health Ambassadors

Objective: Groom students into Youth Health Ambassadors

Target audience: Students interested in health promotion and looking to run health-related initiatives for their peers. Groups of 20 to 25 students are preferred. We are looking to collaborate with trained Youth Health Ambassadors on a long-term basis and would welcome students with a shared interest.

Programme details:

  • A one-day interactive workshop that equips students with:
    • Knowledge on mental wellbeing, mental illnesses, substance abuse, relationship management, health promotion and project management skills
    • Hands-on experience in spearheading an outreach project to promote mental health and wellbeing to their peers
  • Students are required to implement a health promotion project and submit an evaluation report to us. If required, we can provide consultancy and guidance in the project’s development and implementation. Students can apply for our Health Promotion Grant for funding as well.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Tobacco Control

These programmes educate students on the harms of tobacco use, methods to reject offers and the benefits of staying smoke-free.

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

Target Audience: Youth smokers in tertiary instituitions

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
  • Monitor progress and follow-up with students on smoking status
  • Reinforce and give advice on coping methods for withdrawal symptoms and stress management
On the Edge
Objectives:
  • To educate students on the importance of positive mental well-being
  • To equip students with skills in attaining a healthy lifestyle in the form of positive and negative coping strategies
Target Audience: Year 1 ITE Students

Programme Content (Integrated with Mental Health):
A 1-hour programme conducted during the orientation period for Year 1 students
  • Interactive drama format with two different scripts for NITEC and Higher NITEC
    • Scenarios for NITEC: Financial stressors, peer pressure, bullying
    • Scenarios for Higher NITEC: Stress management, relationship issues, self-esteem and positive thinking
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 a written 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
Live It Up! Choices
Objectives:
  • To increase students' awareness of common misconceptions on tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use
  • Equip students with stress management skills and assertiveness training
  • Encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle through activities such as sports, dance, and music
Target Audience: All students

Programme Content (Integrated with Mental Health):
An approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour Interactive Workshop to raise awareness on:
  • Smoking, drinking and/or taking illicit drugs are not stress-busters
  • Healthy ways to cope with stress
  • Making the right choices with self-awareness
  • Learning how not to succumb to temptations and social influences

Mental health

These programmes provide students with tips on coping with change and transition. It also helps students and educators identify and support those facing mental health issues.

Youth Support Youth

Objective: Equip students with knowledge on common mental health problems faced by youths in Singapore and how they can help their peers who face such issues

Target audience: Only for students who are peer supporters in schools with an established peer support network. Minimum of 20 peer supporters per session.

Programme details: A two-day interactive workshop.

Mental Health Training for Educators

Objective: Equip educators and staff with skills to support students at risk or students with mental health problems

Target audience: Educators and staff  – minimum of 30 pax

Programme details: A one-day interactive workshop covering:

  • Common mental health problems and local statistics for 17- to 25-year-olds
  • Protective and risk factors
  • How to identify warning signs of distress
  • Strategies to support students at risk and students with mental health problems
  • General strategies to promote supportive environments for students and encourage help-seeking behaviour
  • Referral process and available resources, such as the CHAT service
  • Self-care methods

Obesity prevention

These programmes target obesity prevention by encouraging healthier dietary choices and increased physical activity.

Healthier Dining Programme

Objective: Establish a supportive on-campus environment that provides convenient access to healthier food and beverage options, and empower staff and students to make healthier dietary choices

Target audience: Food operators as well as food and beverage companies

Programme details: Find out about the programme criteria, benefits and more.

Active Youth on Campus

Objective: Encourage students to adopt an active lifestyle

Target audience: All students (a minimum of 30 students every session)

Programme details:

  • Four sessions of one-hour fitness sessions that are run on campus with the following classes:
    • Zumba
    • Kickboxing
    • Piloxing
    • K-Pop dance
    • Yoga
    • Bokwa
    • Bollyrobics
    • Hip hop
    • Lots more fun and exciting exercises coming your way!
  • We will provide the trainer while your school will need to provide the venue, stage, sound system and publicity.

Sexuality education

We also help educate students on sexuality transmitted infections and diseases, and how to protect themselves.

Wrong Side of the Bed

Objective: Equip students about the possibility of HIV transmission and how to prevent it

Target audience: All students

Programme details: A 30-minute video featuring possible scenarios of HIV transmission and a presentation on how to prevent HIV/AIDS through the ABCD message (A – Abstinence; B – Be faithful to the same partner; C – Correct and consistent condom use, if sexually active; D – (Early) detection through testing).

Contact details

Email us at hpb_mailbox@hpb.gov.sg for more information. Do include [Tertiary Partnerships] in the email title.