Why the project 'Everyone Healthy'?
A healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle is something you have to learn from a young age. It has a huge impact on children's development. Too often children are given a cookie instead of a piece of fruit and they are completely unaware of what healthy food entails. For example, a teacher told us that some children with a migration background are given a bag of chips for lunch, possibly because the parents are not yet familiar with Western food. With this project we want to make the children aware of healthy food and habits such as sports and oral hygiene, causing the growing child to reflect more on the effect of this.
How are we going to do this?
As BeMSA Gent we try to educate them in an interactive way about all
possible topics that belong to a healthy lifestyle. We do this at the request
of several schools in Ghent with a large multicultural occupation. In recent
years, this has happened at Victor Carpentier primary school (located in a
deprived neighbourhood) and OKAN secondary school Toren Van Babel.
In schools with a multicultural occupation, children and their parents often
have a lot on their mind: they are not yet familiar with the culture here
and healthy food and a healthy lifestyle are often pushed to the
In concrete terms, Everyone Healthy is a project in which a number of
medical students go to a primary school in Ghent to teach the children
something in a fun way about healthy nutrition, exercise, oral hygiene,
sleeping habits and so on. They play cool games, cook tasty dishes and
play sports. This is not only instructive for the children, but also helps you
as future doctors in acquiring important communication skills: being able
to explain things in an understandable way to all groups in society. Thus
also to children.
After all these nice activities, we eat our delicious creations.
This years edition will take place on March 29th.
Do you have questions? Do you want to participate in this project?
Be sure to contact us (the project managers)!