21 September 2020

Research shows urgent need to teach healthy habits in primary school

Children’s health improves if they have a healthy lunch at school, get varied exercise and are taught in class about healthy behaviour. These are the findings of the ‘Healthy Primary School of the Future’ project, the final results of which will be announced tomorrow during a symposium in Venlo on Tuesday, September 22. Researchers from Maastricht University compared more than 2,200 children from four project schools and four regular schools for four years. They were shocked at the wide differences in health among children in these schools and are making an urgent appeal to policymakers, school boards and government: doing nothing is not an option.