There is a strong link between adult education and health and well-being; learning can provide a healthy lifestyle and foster personal well-being and overall happiness. Health literacy itself is a relatively new concept in Europe – and that there is a crucial need to improve health literacy among young adults. A lack of health literacy can be an important, yet hidden barrier to employment. Evidence is now clear that good health improves an individual’s chances of finding and staying in work, of enjoying the consequent financial and social advantages and wider social well-being. Young people living in vulnerable circumstances with socio-economically disadvantages backgrounds often lack a healthy lifestyle due to the absence of positive role models within their intimate social or family environment. Educational interventions can play a central role in promoting and strengthening health literacy. The healthy lifestyle is not only contribute to the favourable physiological effects, but it also provide a good pattern for the youngster about the importance of caring for themselves, taking responsibility and paying attention to their own body with love and understanding, as well as caring for your mental well-being.
Therefore, the overall aim of Health Points is to introduce and integrate health literacy for young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds, by providing an attractive, interactive game-based learning strategy. It addresses trainers and educators that work with disadvantaged young adults in a range of community-based, adult education, formal and non-formal learning contexts.
Its specific objectives are to:
- Develop a game based approach to provide an attractive access to information on health prevention and education for young disadvantaged adults. The project will fully incorporate gender and cultural dimensions in health, and will also include learning elements to foster key competences, such as ICT skills, reading and writing, social and civic competences.
- Equip trainers, educators with an innovative tool to promote awareness for and provide information on health related topics in their training or in any other context or initiative addressing young disadvantaged people.
By pursuing the aims and objectives above, Health Points envisages a number of outcomes, including:
- Reducing unhealthy behavioural patterns that lead to lifestyle-relevant diseases;
- Promoting the motivation for self-responsibility and changing unhealthy behaviours into healthier ones;
- Empowering young adults to take care of themselves as important contribution to social cohesion and active citizenship
- Encouraging young adults to learn while co-producing their own learning materials
- Strengthening young adults resilience, their social and civic competences and thus their employability and well-being
The main outputs of the project:
- Methodological Concept for the Health Points Programme
- Learning Game
- Training Programme for trainers, tutors and educators
- Impact Study report
- Health Points e-Manual and webinar resources
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Start Date: 01-12-2017
End Date: 30-11-2019
Duration in months: 24
EC Contribution in Euros: 274 390
Rinova Limited, UK (main applicant)
Die Berater, Austria
SOSU AARHUS, Denmark
MMC Managment Center Limited, Ciprus
Rogers Foundation for Person-Centred Education, Hungary