Healthy lifestyle education HEPOSI brought together participants from two continents
23.06.2019
Between 15 and 23 June 2019 in Sardinia, Italy, a training course on healthy lifestyle involving youth operators from partner countries was carried out and implemented on the basis of the Training Course (TC) format, jointly developed by the "HEalth Practices for Own Self-Improvement" (HEPOSI) project partners. The initiative gathered teams from Italy, Paraguay and Peru who, within seven working days, worked on creating a Healthy Sensitive Youth manual, outlining the methods used in project activities and focusing on the healthy lifestyle of young people from participating countries and planning of a local awareness raising campaign on a healthy lifestyle at national level in all partner countries.

For most of the youth workers from Peru and Paraguay, the training was the first meeting with the reality of Europe and through this and the follow-up activities the European partners, the Bulgarian sports development association (Bulgaria) and Mine Vaganti (Italy), hope to contribute to capacity building in participating organizations from Latin America. The WHO has placed health and physical activities among the crucial determinants of global health, underlining the role of insufficient levels of movement as one of the main factors enhancing death risk worldwide (see WHO Website). Physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases as cancer and diabetes, enjoying therefore a crucial importance not only for the wellbeing of the individuals but also from the perspective of societal health.

According to WHO data, more than 80% of the Worlds population in insufficiently physically active. The combined effect of insufficient physical activities and improper food consumption patterns has been qualified as a challenge to global health by the WHO.

Eurostat data (2014) outline an alarming picture regarding the diffusion of obesity (a critical risk for health and significantly connected with incorrect habits of physical activity and nutrition) among the European youth, with 22,8% of youngsters aged 18-24 overweight in EU 28.

The FAO pointed out, in its 2016 Report The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean, the correlation between the general decrease in malnutrition and hunger and the increase in overweight and obesity among the population of Latin America. The available data show that around 5 percent of the inhabitants of the region is either obese or overweight.

At the same time, the Report highlights the disproportionate impact obesity/overweight is determining on women as compared with men. Female obesity is 10% higher than male obesity in 20 among Latin America and Caribbean countries.

HEalth Practices for Own Self-Improvement (HEPOSI) envisages a cooperation among NGOs from Europe and the Latin American region targeted at addressing the compelling challenge of promoting healthy physical activity and food consumption practices among young people through Non Formal Education (NFE) methods.

Project educational activities will be:
Training Course on education in healthy lifestyles, involving youth operators from partner countries and implemented based on a Format TC jointly developed by the Consortium partners;
Local awareness-raising campaign on the topic of healthy lifestyle at the national level in all partner countries;
Youth exchange on healthy lifestyle for the youth, involving young people aged 28-25 from each partner country.

Outputs of the project will be:
Manual Healthy Sensitive Youth, outlining the methods employed throughout project learning activities (TC and YE) as well as detailing a comprehensive outline of the project and of its achievements.
Web Platform in multiple languages. The Web Platform will store the contents developed in the project, the details of activities (including the Social Campaign) and digital versions of the Outputs. In addition, the Web Platform will serve as an informational hub for local follow-up by the partners.

Project will implement various activities in the period of 24 months for Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices to improve Capacity Building for Youth in ACP countries, Latin America and Asia and is co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Consortium consist of two European organizations - Bulgarian sports development association - Bulgaria and Mine Vaganti NGO - Italy and two Latin American organizations - Asociacion Puente Sur - Paraguay and Brigada de voluntarios bolivarianos del Peru - Peru.