The needs that give Learn4Health its rationale are centrally situated within current European policies on health, nutrition, obesity prevention and the development of capacity to address those issues at the institutional and individual levels.
For instance, current European policies identify the need for innovation and reforms in relation to food, eating, nutrition and health of young people. Some of those reforms are directed to the food practices of children and the curricular activities that can address these practices and topics in schools.
Needless to say, efforts to address those reforms have implications for both teachers and the scientific community and attempts to inform those efforts. In addition, the overall EU 2020 strategy calls for the need of economic growth and competitiveness and increased use of project-based work and similar forms of collaborations.
Development of skills for innovation, creativity as well as collaborative and project organizational skills among young people at school is an important strategy to meet that challenge. L4H addresses this through an objective on employing children’s everyday food and health problems/practices as learning and teaching contexts for developing project/problem-based activities, that place students in real contexts with hands-on authentic activities.
Twelve organisations have come together with support from the EU Erasmus+ Programme. Leading the project is Aalborg University from Denmark, with partners Arden Skole from Denmark, Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Garbí Pere Vergés from Spain, Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota and Primary School Franceta Prešerna Črenšovci from Slovenia, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and Karmelava Balys Buracas Gymnasium from Lithuania, Health Education Trust and Haworth Primary School from the United Kingdom, and Wageningen University & Research and De Hoge Hof from the Netherlands.