Health Education Programs

In this section, you may find experiential programs on health education topics (mental health, physical health) designed for 3 age groups: Prekindergarten & Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade of Elementary School, 4th, 5th & 6th Grade of Elementary School.

Our programs have been designed based on educational needs and the curriculum and can be implemented: on the inside or outside of your school or at the Culture & Education Center The Betterland.

With the completion of each experiential program, each student receives a commemorative gift, while the classroom receives a participation award and the teacher supporting material so that teaching on the topic can be continued in the classroom.

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The programs:

When emotions come to life!

A program about emotional intelligence

The challenge

We are born with emotions which we cannot explain and many times cannot understand easily. Some of us even find it difficult to express our emotions and even more difficult to manage them, in order to avoid misunderstandings and unpleasant situations.

The educational goals

This program, in line with the basic principles of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, focuses on:

  • the acquaintance with emotions
  • children recognizing their own mental world and the one of others
  • the creative expression of children about what they feel
  • the connection of emotions with facts of everyday life
  • the management of emotions, like fear or anger, emphasizing on positive emotions

The approach

Puppet theater activities and a rich audiovisual material help children learn about basic human emotions and connect them with life situations. Music-kinetic activities, drama game and pantomime help children to creatively recognize and externalize their own emotions, identify best ways to express them and combine real facts with their mental world. Relaxation exercises, a floor carpet and artistic activities are the epilogue of the program, supporting children to learn ways to manage their negative emotions and see life situations in a positive way.

Don't be afraid, we are here!

A program about school bullying

The challenge

In recent years, instances of school violence and bullying become more and more in Greece. Nowadays, violent behavior within school seems to be a common phenomenon, with more and more minors being involved in violent offences in and out of classroom.

The educational goals

Taking into account the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the program is developed around:

  • informing and identifying instances of school bullying
  • dealing with similar situations
  • motivation for collaboration and teamwork
  • discovering ways for children to reconcile differences among them
  • getting to know their rights and obligations
  • techniques to manage anger and resolve conflicts
  • the dialogue they can initiate to resolve the bullying issue

The approach

Through active action and utilizing a rich visual material, children are encouraged to participate in original games, they understand the global phenomenon of school bullying, and they are activated through experiential activities aiming at establishing a positive climate and trust within the group.

The stranger, the other and me!

A program about diversity

The challenge

In a multicultural society, the issues of diversity, xenophobia and racism, in and out of classroom, may trouble students in many different ways.

The educational goals

The program, which applies in practice the principles and values promoted by the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, aims at promoting respect for human rights and incentives for cooperation and teamwork.

The program helps children:

  • get to know diversity in all its forms (racial, cultural, social discrimination)
  • learn about xenophobia and racism
  • get stimulated to see others positively
  • get to know human rights
  • discover the rights and obligations that all humans have
  • overcome any prejudices or stereotypes
  • be motivated for collaboration and teamwork

The approach

A program rich of group collaborative and music-kinetic activities that raise children awareness about human rights and promoting respect. An audiovisual material that catches interest and stimulates children to see “different” in a positive way, together with many other experiential games that help children discover the importance of equality among people and overcome established perceptions.

I love my body, I feed myself well!

A program about balanced nutrition and physical activity

The challenge

Modern lifestyle has changed our eating habits and levels of physical activity significantly, with children being exemplified and influenced directly by “poor diet” and sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, studies confirm that children in Greece aged 5-12 are characterized by high obesity and low levels of physical activity.

The educational goals

The program, in line with Global Goals for Sustainable Development, helps children:

  • learn about healthy eating and physical health issues
  • learn about the importance of the Mediterranean Diet, the different groups of foods and the value of balanced meals
  • recognize the value of measure and variety in our diet
  • understand the relationship between balanced nutrition and physical exercise to maintain a good health
  • realize the importance of “energy balance”
  • discover the importance of including motion activity in their daily routine
  • to be motivated to develop the right habits and a good quality of life

The approach

Children participate in group collaborative and music-kinetic games, they are informed through visual material, understand the importance of energy balance (“energy in” from healthy eating compared to “energy out” through physical activity) through experiments and experiential activities and discover the value of measure and variety in our diet through active action.

Green light, dude!

A program about traffic education

The challenge

Traffic education concerns all areas of education. The emphasis should be given to younger ages in order to set the foundations for the adults of tomorrow.

The educational goals

Taking into account the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the program aims at helping children:

  • understand the importance of safety on the streets
  • learn the basic Traffic Code signs and signals
  • learn traffic rules for pedestrians
  • understand the different types of signs and the signals of traffic policemen
  • learn how to safely use their bike
  • recognize the mistakes they make as pedestrians or as passengers and not to repeat them in the future
  • understand the importance of having accessible and sustainable systems of transport
  • develop traffic awareness and a responsible attitude in order to avoid small or large accidents in the future

The approach

Children participate in group collaborative games, they are activated through interaction and are engaged in experiential activities and an original street simulation floor game.

The Garden of Joy and Sadness

Dramatization of a fairy tale about emotions

The challenge

Can joy and sadness coexist? What happens when we feel sad? Can we be happy all the time? How does time affect our emotions? Children are transported to a fantastic garden where they experience the stories of Joy and Sadness, become the protagonists and give answers to the above questions, ending the activity with something sweet to recall.

The educational goals

The work of the author Thanasis Saltas comes alive, takes flesh and bones, and dressed with the fabulous music of Chrysanthi Oikonomaki, it is presented through dramatization and play.

With this program, children:

  • learn about the emotions of joy and sadness
  • connect these emotions with fairy tale stories
  • participate actively through roles
  • experience situations related to emotions
  • express their own emotions
  • recognize that it is natural for all of us to have positive and negative emotions
  • understand that these two emotions are important and interconnected
  • realize how time affects what we feel

The approach

In a magical setting, children experience stories related to emotions and through their participatory action they understand how important emotions are and how one cannot exist without the other.