Initial success for health education project
HERO is a health education programme developed by GENIE and jointly funded by the NIHR CLAHRC-LNR**** which aims to educate and inspire people to take responsibility for their own health, diet and well-being, while promoting awareness of the links that exist between an unhealthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle and serious health problems in later life.
HERO is currently working with three schools in Leicestershire to investigate the best ways of getting healthy living messages across to over 800 young people. In doing this HERO aims to determine the approach that best increases pupils' knowledge and understanding of how diet and exercise can affect long-term health, and to explore their perceptions, attitudes and understanding of diet and disease.
A few weeks ago, a reception was held at the University for health and education professionals, presenting the results to date of the HERO project. More than 40 attendees browsed posters, listened to talks and even had the chance to try some of the activities which school pupils have been engaged in as part of the project.
*Genetics Education Networking for Innovation and Excellence
**Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning
***Health Education Reaching Out
****National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland