Symposium 7

Interdisciplinary Approaches in Promotion of Health and Wellbeing through Active Model School

This Symposium titled: “Interdisciplinary Approaches in Promotion of Health and Wellbeing through Active Model School” is focused on different practices and experiences in establishing models schools aimed to promote health and wellness among students. Five international presenters from North Macedonia, China, India and Hong Kong, present their experiences in different active school models and movement based programs. The presentation: “The Role of Schools and Universities in Promotion of Healthy and Active lifestyle – Experiences from Republic of North Macedonia”, analyses different best practices from schools and university, aimed to promote healthy and active lifestyle. Some of the initaitives took place in schools, serving as national models in promotion of physical activity. The second presentation: “Promotion of Multiple Integration: A New Path of Physical Education and Health Education from the Perspective of Children’s Development in China”, emphasyse the experiences from implementation of holistic curriculum in Yuexi Experimental Primary School. The core of the curriculum is health promotion among children using multi-integrate resources, nutrition and health habits intervention. The third presentation “Life is a Sport; We Aspire to Make it Count”: A Holistic Role Model of Physical Education and Sports Practice in Manav Rachna from India”, is focused on best practices using integrative and holistic approach thoward sport. It incorporates advanced technologies, playgrounds, innovative evaluation techniqus and development throught sport. The last presentation: “The Holistic Approach for Establishing an “Active and Healthy Campus” in Primary School: A Case Study in Hong Kong-China” is focused on ten- year experineces implementation of Active and Healthy Campus in Baptist Sha Tin Wai Lui Ming Choi Primary School. The presenter emphasysed that healthy campus is created to promote healthy lifestyle and foster a culture of physical health and wellness among students. Its  whole school approach that integrates off and on campus curriculum, different sports-related activities, participation of community, parents, teachers and students.

Chairperson and Presenter

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biljana POPESKA
Senior FLV
Faculty of Educational Sciences
Goce Delcev University Stip
Republic of North Macedonia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biljana Popeska is associated professor at Faculty of Educational Sciences at Goce Delcev University in Stip, Republic of North Macedonia of both under graduated and post – graduated level. Her research interest is related with didactics of physical education for primary education, motor development of children, sport pedagogy and PA in leisure time. She is a Head of University Sport Center at Goce Delcev University and coordinator of university sport activities and sport events. Since 2015 she is a part of FLV program, serving as Senior Future Leader and also a national representative at Global Community Health Foundation. Popeska is a member of several national and international associations related to physical education such as Macedonian federation of sport pedagogues; assistant national delegate of FIEP, member of CEREPS, EEPEN network and other networks promoting PE and physical activity. She has more than 50 publications of scientific and professional articles published in international Journals and proceeding books from conferences. Popeska is active conference participant, with more than 40 conference paper presentations globally.

The Role of Schools and Universities in Promotion of Healthy and Active lifestyle – Experiences from Republic of North Macedonia

The main goal of the process of education within all stages of education is gaining knowledge, acquisition of skills and preparation for future profession and life in general. This is not just process of educational building. It’s also a process of building the personality, developing individuals with moral qualities, social capacities, developing long lasting habits for quality and fulfilled life. Therefore, the role of the educational institutions is not just to share knowledge and build intellectuals, but also to support students in their personal growth during different stages of life span and support their overall development. In this regard, preparation for healthy and active lifestyle is one of the important tasks of schools and universities. This paper gives an overview of several examples of active schools from Republic of North Macedonia as well as the example from Goce Delcev Univeristy. From the aspect of schools, the emphasis is given on few best practise examples from primary schools. They include experiences from interventional after school programs and implementation of active breaks. From the aspect of University, the experiences of Goce Delcev University are presented. The focus is on experiences from organization of health – enhancing physical activities, university sport competitions, fitness challenges, extracurricular outdoor sport activities, cultural and social events such as exhibitions of student’s handcrafts, concerts, theatre performances, educational workshop for personal health, security, environment protection etc. Feedback from teachers, pupils, students and academic staff and their suggestions for future steps are most valued and integrated in recommendations for future actions.

Sherry Jing XIA
Principal, Yuexi Experimental Primary School,

Sherry Jing Xia is the Principal of Yuexi Experimental Primary School, Wuzhong District, Suzhou. She has been deeply engaged in teaching for 26 years and has rich experience in school management. She is the one of the key principals in China and has made significant contributions in the field of Chinese primary school education. Her teaching specialty has been focused on cultivating core literacy through integrating practice and research. She has developed different ways to present knowledge to match the teaching strategies employed. As a result, Principal Xia Jing won the second prize of Jiangsu Province Education Scientific Research Achievements. Principal Xia Jing’s Yuexi Experimental Primary School is a model school for the global children’s health promotion program since joining in 2019. She is a strong promoter, practitioner, and explorer of the school’s participation in this program.

Prof. Dr. Jian Hui DAI
Board of Directors,, BRICSCESS
Executive Board Member, ACESS
School of Physical Education and Sports Science,
Soochow University

Dr. Prof. Dr. Jianhui Dai is a full professor in the School of Physical Education and Sports Science at Soochow University in P.R. of China. Her academic interests are related to physical activity policy recreation, sport management, and sociocultural issues of sport. She also serves as an excutive board member for Asian Council of Exercise and Sport Science(ACESS), BRICS Council of Exercise & Sports Science (BRICSCESS and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of The Foundation of Global Community Health (GCH). Prof Dai is also a member of China Sport Science Society (CSSS).

Promotion of Multiple Integration: A New Path of Physical Education and Health Education from the Perspective of Children’s Development in China

Children are independent biological individuals; who belong to social groups characterised by strong plasticity, development and change. This occurs under the comprehensive effect of social culture. How to promote the healthy development of students at the early childhood and primary school level, so that children have a basic understanding of health is an on-going challenge. In developing basic health understanding, healthy lifestyles and good healthy living habits, are the foundations for the sustainable development and growth of children. Yuexi Experimental Primary School, takes the concept of children’s health promotion as the guiding framework and with appropriate resources have developed and implemented a holistic curriculum. With this approach the School  has found a new path for the health promotion of 3-12 year-old children which is diversified and integrated. This presentation highlights how various indicators and empirical research data illustrates effective health education from the perspective of children’s development. This effectiveness meets the designers expectations by demonstrating the need to multi-integrate the pluralistic resources, from a physical and mental development, nutrition, and health habits intervention. By so doing, students’ healthy growth and sustainable development can be achieved.

Prof. Dr. Gurjeet CHAWLA
Dean, Students’ Welfare
Director, Radio Manav Rachna 107.8 FM
Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies

Prof. Dr. Gurjeet Chawla is working as Dean, Students’ Welfare. Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies. She is a certified level two anthropometrist accredited by International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry. Internationally, she is member International consultation on Worksite Health Promotion programme organised by World Health Organization. She is on board of The Foundation for Global Community Health (GCH) as Scientific Advisor. She was nominated by University of Tsukuba, Japan under the scholarship scheme offered by Japanese Government for collaborative research programme. She was invited as VIP delegate by Scientific Committee of GoFPEP 2014, at South Africa and member scientific committee GoFPEP 2016.  Having vast rich teaching and research experience of more than 22 years she had won many awards and laurels .She was Awarded Best Research Proposal award by University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2011 under collaborative research programme sponsored by Japanese Government.  She was honored by The Hindustan Times Schools Programme for Commitment towards Excellence in Education and also a recipient of National Health Award 2017 by Nutrition and Natural Health Sciences Association. She has to her credit many research publications. She has worked in various research projects funded by UNICEF and Directorate of Marketing and Inspection. She has also edited three books on The Science of Human Movement, Sports Psychology and Training and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. She was nominated as Coordinator by Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee for XIV Commonwealth International Sports Science Congress 2010 (CISSC) in New Delhi.

“Life is a Sport; We Aspire to Make it Count”: A Holistic Role Model of Physical Education and Sports Practice in Manav Rachna from India

Physical Education and Sports in India continues to be a fundamental instrument for keeping and remaining fit and healthy since time memorial. Due attention has been given to physical education and sports with its added value advantages.  It is at present being imparted to the students of schools and colleges in the country. Both Private and Public schools focus on the attainment of full potential of students in all areas of activity emphasizing on total personality development. In order to retain excellence, the schools use advanced technology concept in classroom as well as in the playgrounds, adopting innovative evaluation techniques to create a positive healthy and conducive environment reflecting best practices to encourage students to become active participants in the learning process. Manav Rachna has also taken a holistic approach to each student’s academic, athletic and personal development. By working together in an integrated manner, a team of highly committed and passionate professionals deliver the core elements of the programs. One of the best practices adopted by incorporating new innovative technology is Brain breaks (HOPSports programme). It is learnt that regularly incorporating short movement activities into the instructional day not only allows students to get their ‘wiggles’ out, but energizes them and increases their ability to focus on the next learning activity as well. The fitness level of students is always kept high by keeping sports facilities alive with actions which in turn help students to attain confidence to perform well and to achieve their goals in school, sports and life. The symposium will highlight how Manav Rachna is looking forward to a future where students are able to meet challenges that would never seem too big to achieve, be it academic excellence, extracurricular activities, sports or promoting technical and scientific temperament. The presentation will be supported by video clips.

Phoenix TONG
Chairlady, Health Education Committee
Baptist (STW) Lui Ming Choi Primary School
Hong Kong-China

Phoenix Tong earned a Bachelor Degree of Education with major in Physical Education in the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She is now the Panel Head of Physical Education and Health Subject and the Chairlady of Health Education Committee in Baptist (STW) Lui Ming Choi Primary School. She was one of the key committee members in the Physical Education curriculum reform, which promotes the integration of information technology into Physical Education classes in order to cultivate a healthy and active lifestyle, thereby facilitating the school in becoming a model school in Hong Kong. In 2017, Phoenix had the honor to receive the Chief Executive’s Award of Teaching Excellence, which was organized by the Education Bureau with funding support from the Quality Education Fund. Moreover, she was invited by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong as a model teacher for quality teaching in PE and to participate in the secondment to the School Support Partners Scheme under the School-based Professional Support Programmes. Under the scheme, Phoenix supported frontline PE teachers in designing the learning programme in FM curriculum— the PE curriculum in Key Stage 1 (primary 1-3) by using effective learning and teaching strategies and creative learning activities. Phoenix has also conducted a number of class demonstrations and presentations for teachers’ development which are organized by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Education.

The Holistic Approach for Establishing an “Active and Healthy Campus” in Primary School: A Case Study in Hong Kong-China

Schools are a microcosm of society. On average, students spend at least one-third of their daily time at school. Thus, schools play an essential role in promoting the importance of staying physically active as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Baptist Sha Tin Wai Lui Ming Choi Primary School first put forward the implementation of an Active and Healthy Campus more than ten years. Under the guidance and support from international experts as well as sustained professional development of teachers, many new and creative ideas have been integrated into school development. For instance, whole school model includes CATCH, Brain-Breaks; and teaching strategies include IT in PE, Sport Education, Physical Best etc. The establishment of a healthy campus, which is an integrated, campus-wide effort to promote healthy lifestyle, is rooted in Baptist Sha Tin Wai Lui Ming Choi Primary School’s commitment to fostering a culture of physical health and wellness among students. Through the collective and coordinated effort of executive committees, including Health Services, School Ethos, and Interpersonal Relationship, Physical Fitness, Health Education, Healthy School and Environment Community Relationship, various health-related measures have been carried out. Finally, through the integration of off-campus and on-campus curriculum, the introduction of different types of sports-related activities, the participation of community, parents, teachers and students, a Whole School Approach of Active and Healthy Campus has been developed, promoting and encouraging our students to grow in a happy and positive way.