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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 nutrition, physical activity, mental health, tobacco control and HIV/STI prevention. These topics are interrelated and form a holistic representation of the different facets of health that are vital to one’s everyday life.

For Students

  • Nutrition 
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.

  • 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 
Youth Support Youth Peer Support Programme

Objectives:

• To equip youths with peer supporting skills so that youths in need can get the support they need from fellow peers.
• To help youths be better peer supporters by providing additional training through electives.

Target audience: 17 to 25 years old students who are peer supporters in tertiary institutions

Programme details:
A two-tiered programme:

  • A minimum of 25 students are required for each session.
  • Level 1 (compulsory, full day workshop) topics:
- Common youth mental health issues
- Peer supporting skills
- Self-care
  • Level 2 (elective, 2 hrs per workshop) topics:
- Strategies to support peers in crisis
- Importance of self-care for peer supporters
- Further strategies to enhance peer supporters’ skillset beyond Level 1 (e.g how to peer support over social media)

Format: In-person* or virtual

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures

  • Tobacco Control 
QuitLine - Smoking Cessation Programme

Objective: QuitLine (1800 438 2000) is a toll free confidential helpline manned by certified Quit Consultants who provide customised smoking cessation counselling to support callers in their journey to quit smoking.

Target audience: Youth and adults who smoke

Programme details:
For more programme details, please write in to hpb_smoking_control@hpb.gov.sg or register at https://go.gov.sg/quitline-underage-registration

Format: Telephone counselling

DON’T FOMO Make the Right Choices
Objectives:
  • To increase students' awareness of common misconceptions on tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use
  • Equip students with stress management skills
  • Encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle through activities such as sports, dance, and music
Target audience: ITE, Polytechnic and University students

Programme details:
An approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour interactive workshop to raise awareness on:

  • Smoking, drinking, and/or taking illicit drugs, and why these are not stressbusters.
  • Healthy ways to cope with stress.
  • Making the right choices with self-awareness.
  • Learning how not to succumb to temptations and social influences.
 

Format: In-person* or virtual

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures


  • STI/HIV Prevention 
Wrong Side of the Bed

Objective: This session aims to provide information on HIV and sexually transmitted infections. 

Target audience: Polytechnic and ITE students

Programme details: A 30-minute video featuring possible scenarios of HIV transmission and a presentation on how to prevent HIV/STI 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).

Format: In-person* or virtual

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures

  • Empowering Youths
Young ChangeMakers (Health Promotion)

Looking to promote healthy living in the community? Join the Young ChangeMakers (YCM) Community at the monthly open mic sessions to kick start your health promotion journey!

The HPB has partnered with the National Youth Council (NYC) to extend NYC’s YCM grant to youths (aged 15-35 years old) who are passionate about making a difference to the health of their communities. Receive seed funding, resources, and tap on the experience of the Curator Community to turn your ground-up initiatives into reality.

For more information about the YCM Grant Application, please click here.

Youth Curators Recruitment

Join the Curator Community to be empowered in the grant-making process of YCM and support other youths in taking action on issues they care about, including promoting healthy living! Youth curators facilitate the monthly YCM Open Mic session. As a curator, you will engage, evaluate and guide youths seeking to harness the YCM grant for projects that benefit the Singapore community, which includes but is not limited to health promotion projects. Through this experience, you will hone your skills in facilitation, project assessment and community building. In addition, you will receive development opportunities such as health promotion trainings and exposure to HPB’s programmes if you have an interest in guiding health promotion projects.

To join as a YCM curator, register your interest here.

For more information about the YCM curators recruitment, please email partnership_enquiries@nyc.gov.sg.

  • 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.

Lifestyle Coach (Student Health Advisor) Programme

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

Target audience: Students in ITEs requiring support in weight management and smoking/vaping cessation programmes

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: 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

Contact details

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