Breaking Barriers and Growing Healthy Futures: magazine issue no.2

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Breaking Barriers e-magazine

Issue no.2 march – october 2018 1

Welcome to BREAKING BARRIERS ISSUE NO.2! After the publication of the project magazine first issue, we would like to present the second one, realized by the pupils from Collège du Servois (La Chapelle en Serval, France), Istituto Comprensivo Alberto Burri (Trestina, Italy), Zakladna skola Slobodneho slovenskeho vysielaca (Banska Bystrica, Slovakia), Publiczna Szkola Podstawowa z Klasami Sportowymi im. Jana Kochanowskiego (Wieniawa, Poland), Alytaus Panemunes pagrindine mokyla (Alytus, Lithuania), Waverley School (Birmingham, UK). The magazine introduces short presentations we worked on and realised in relation to main project topics: correct food education, our school policies and activities related to healthy practices and an article dedicated to our national sports. Enjoy your reading! The students from «Breaking Barriers»

Collège du Servois – La Chapelle en Serval, France

A national initiative: the Beehive that says YES The "Beehive that says yes“ (“la Ruche qui dit oui“ in French) is a network of 1100 places that link agricultural producers and consumers since 2011. In the south of our region, there are two very important : Senlis and Mortefontaine. The principle is very simple. The producers come to bring the orders in a specific place and undertake to produce local (no more than 80 kms around the "hive"). Citizens can get involved in the life of the network by packing, helping or advising consumers. Aware of the challenges of sustainable development and sustainable agriculture, our students have become actors and consumers of these networks. They want to consume locally, want more organic in their canteen and cook differently. Habits are gradually changing. Today's students are the actors of tomorrow !

Our school projects and policy on healthy and sport habits Each year, the Collège du Servois, in partnership with primary schools and associations, is involved in citizen, health and sports projects. This is one of the priorities of our school project to enable everyone to find their place in the community. This year, the students got involved in many projects :


First aid training, for all third graders, in collaboration with the parents of students and the association La Croix Rouge de Senlis


Selective sorting in the canteen with sorting bins, the weight of the waste and an awareness of the students' gestures of sorting


In 5th class (12 years old), interventions on global development inequalities and access to health


A 5th class has been involved throughout the year in a speleology project. A national award was won by the class who went to the mountains to discover the natural environment


Greater place of good health practices in school curricula


New cooperation projects between schools and the Servois College: setting up an eco-school for next school year

France’s national sport : cycling The Tour de France is nicknamed the Great Loop by all bike lovers. It's a big men's cycling competition that takes place every year in July. This year, in 2019, exceptionally, the Tour will take place from June 29 to July 21. He will leave Brussels but will pass in our region Hauts de France. 22 teams and 176 cyclists competed on 21 stages of mountain and plain. The first Tour de France was organized in 1903. We are at the 105th edition in 2018 because there were no cycling events during the two World Wars. The tradition is to arrive Sunday on the Champs Elysees in Paris, making it one of the most prestigious cycling events in the world. To date, four cyclists have accumulated five victories: the French Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, the Belgian Eddy Merckx and the Spanish Miguel Indurain. The Welsh Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France at the age of 32. Will he double it? or will a French or Italian be ranked well?

Istituto Comprensivo Alberto Burri – Trestina, Italy

The Mediterranean Diet The Mediterranean Diet is inspired by the eating habits of southern Europe countries like Italy, Spain and Greece. It includes high consumption of olive oil, unrefined cereals, fruit, vegetables and legumes, moderate consumption of fish, dairy products and wine. Evidence was found that the Mediterranean Diet, especially through an extensive use of olive oil, reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. In 2013 UNESCO included the Mediterranean Diet into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Greece, Cyprus and Croatia because "The Mediterranean diet involves a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food."

Our school projects and policy on healthy habits Every year our Institute strives to spread good practices related to healthy habits, sustainability and environmental care in order to foster students’ sense of responsibility towards themselves, others and the world they live in. We have an internal coordinator who manages projects, visits and workshops within a larger project denominated «Environment and Health». The following are the main actions undertaken for the current school year:


Growing up with a smile (nursery school): meetings with a medical expert on tooth care and hygiene


Lifestyles and Food Education (primary school): workshops with the diet expert Doctor Elisabetta Donati


Food and Emotions (secondary school): educational meetings with Doctor Daniela Stagi


Sports in the Classroom (primary school): a regional sports project with experts and teachers from CONIUmbria


Correct Lifestyles: Alcohol Consumption and Smoking (secondary school): educational meetings with Doctor Stefano Rufini


Different activities, workshops and meetings on environmental sustainability

Italy’s national sport: football!!! In Italy, football was brought by English immigrants, even if ancient Romans used to play a game very similar to football, called «Herastum», that consisted of two teams that fight over the ball. The English origin of Italian football can be noticed in the names of some teams: for example, the team GENOA (1893) is so called after the English name for the city of Genova. The oldest soccer team dates back to 1887 and is TURIN. Italy’s team colour is blue because that was the colour of the royal dynasty that unified the country in 1861. Italy has won the World Cup four times: in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. Only Brazil has won more often. Whenever tha national team plays, Italians celebrate by dancing and singing on the streets. There are also street parties where everyone dresses in blue, green, white or red. Division A has 20 teams and hosts three very famous clubs: JUVENTUS, MILAN and INTER. There are also divisions B, C and D. In the stadium, every fan is treated equally, no matter what gender or race he or she may be. The season starts at the end of August to June with a break in winter. At the end of the season, the top team of Division A wins the championship (SCUDETTO), while the bottom four teams become of Division B.

Alytus Panemunes Progymnasium Alytus-Lithuania

Teaching healthy life style at Alytus Panemunes Progymnasium Several years ago “healthy life style’’ was taught as separate subject in Lithuanian schools. Nowadays it is intergrated into different school subjects. Also students are encouraged to participate in various actions such as “A Day without Means of Transport” when all students come to school on bikes or skateboards or simply on foot. According to the recent regulations the preparation of the food at school canteens has changed: less salt is used in the dishes, students are offered to taste more stewed food and vegetables. Also students are encouraged to practice various sports and attend sports clubs functioning at school.

BASKETBALL IN LITHUANIA Basketball is a cultural phenomenon in Lithuania, so don’t get surprised if you hear Lithuanians saying that this game is the second religion of Lithuania. For many years now, people all over the world identify Lithuania as one of the strongest basketball nation in the world. But why?

American-Lithuanian basketball coaches and players brought basketball to this small Baltic Nation in the late 1920s. The most influential person during this period was Pranas Lubinas, also known as the grandfather of Lithuanian basketball, who coached the Lithuanian International basketball team and was the main factor why Lithuania won gold in both the 1937 and 1939 EuroBasket. On top of that, Pranas Lubinas also played in 1939 and was without a doubt the best player of the tournament. Those two rather unexpected victories in EuroBasket were the reason why the popularity of basketball grew parabolically in Lithuania. The future seemed bright, but when WWII came, and the Soviet Union occupied Lithuania, its dreams to become the best basketball nation were crushed. Even though the Lithuanian basketball team did not exist from 1939 to 1991, Lithuanians never stopped playing basketball. Sadly, they had to play under the Soviet Union flag.

After Lithuania regained independence on March 11, 1990, the Lithuanian national basketball team played in every single Olympic games. Lithuania not only played in the Olympics but also won three bronze medals, including the one in 1992 when Lithuanians, with Sabonis and MarÄ?iulions ahead, beat Russians in the bronze game. That game had a huge political meaning, and all of Lithuania celebrated the victory as if it regained independence for the second time. Basketball runs through Lithuanians’ veins, so every young boy has a dream to become a professional basketball player and defend their country’s pride. There are a lot of quality basketball schools in Lithuania for kids to achieve their dreams and most of the money, which Lithuania spend on sports, goes directly to basketball. This mix of cultural importance and strong infrastructure lets basketball be the number one sport in Lithuania.


NUTRITION- INTERVIEW WITH AN EXPERT Interviewer: Does the way we lead our lifestyle and what we eat affect on our health? Nutrition expert: Yes, it has a huge impact on our bodies because food gives us plenty of vitamins and energy. It has also been scientifically proven that our lifestyle has an impact on the length of our life. Interviewer: What should we eat during the day? Nutrition expert : Healthy eating involves: 1. plenty of vegetables, fruit and salads 2. serving of wholemeal cereals and breads, potatoes, pasta and rice at every meal - go for wholegrain varieties wherever possible 3. some milk, joghurt and cheese 4. some meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans and nuts 5. a very small amount of fats, spreads and oils. For sure, everyone has to eat a balanced breakfast and for supper it is best to eat something with protein, for example a soft-boiled egg. During the day you can eat fruit salad. Interviewer: Which cereals are recommended to eat? Nutrition expert : All kinds of cereals are recommended to eat, but personally I recommend wheat grains because they stimulate growth and help with many ailments. Interviewer: What does an unhealthy lifestyle lead to? Nutrition expert : If you keep eating fast foods and do not exercise, it can lead you to obesity, and in the worst case, to death.

OUR SCHOOL`S PROJECTS AND POLICY ON HEALTHY HABITS Healthy habits is a vivid subject in the school`s policy. We discuss the problem of obesity and healthy eating not only with the students but also with their parents. The school organises meetings with nutrition experts who teach students how to compose well-balanced meals. Annually, our students take part in events aiming at discouraging them from most popular addictions such as cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. We also closely cooperate with local police officers who often visit our school to lecture students on subjects such as: safety on the road, preventing addictions and cyber violence. The school introduced the following projects in the past few years:

1. The all-Polish health programme „Being fit is healthy”, promoting life without addictions and shaping behaviours aiming at promotion of a healthy lifestyle (2015/2016). 2. The all-Polish preventative programme „Breakfast gives power” which aimed at increasing the awareness of healthy eating and the role of healthy breakfast in the child`s diet (2016/2017).

3. The all Polish anti-tobacco programme of the health education „Running for health” which aims at prevention of smoking cigarettes among children, discouraging them from smoking not only now but also in the future and in the adult`s life (2018/2019).

POLAND`S NATIONAL SPORT HANDBALL!!! After the 1st World War the discipline became very popular in Poland. The main reason of its popularity was the rapid development of athletics – alongside football, the most popular discipline in the Second Polish Republic. The greatest successes of this discipline in Poland were in the 1970s and 1980s, but they concerned only the handball in the men's edition. On July 30, 1976, after a dramatic and finished extra time match for the bronze medal of the Olympic Games in Montreal, the team of Janusz Czerwiński and Stanisław Majka won 21:18 the Federal Republic of Germany. It was the first ever handball medal "on the Vistula River". Poles also won the bronze medal on March 7, 1982 after winning 23:22 Denmark in the X finals of the World Cup in the Federal Republic of Germany. (source:ązek_Piłki_Ręcznej_w_Polsce)

The discipline is very popular in our school. On November 20, 2017 girls from the ZSO in Wieniawa for the first time in the history of our school took part in the Handball Masovian Middle Schools` Competition and won medals and the Cup. This is another (after 8th place in the all-Polish national final of „Szczypiorniak na Orlikach”- Krakow 2015) a huge success of handball in Wieniawa.

Zakladna skola slobodneho slovenskeho vysielaca – Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Healthy Eating Good and quality food is very important for people, mainly for young children who grow and develop. That’s why healthy eating in our school is a pretty big deal. As children don’t realize it and it is quite addictive to eat some unhealthy snacks, all fast food vending machines have been removed from our school. The children have no chance anymore to get hold of the unhealthy merchandise like carbonated drinks, crackers or crisps within our school. The capacity of our school canteen is 72 places and it is used by the vast majority of the children attending the school as well as the teachers teaching here. The lunch menu consists of soup and for the main course we can choose from two meals according to what we prefer more. The regulations for preparing the menu are based on recommended nutritional doses for the inhabitants of the Slovak republic taking economic situation into consideration. The menu includes: 2 times a week: the whole meat (braised, boiled, roast, stew, sometimes fried), once a week: half meat (minced meat, fish), once a week: flour food (either salty or sweet); once a week: vegetarian food (cheese, eggs, vegetables, legume). That’s why the food is balanced with relatively low carbs and sugars. Often it is followed by vegetable or fruit salads, some fruit (apples, pears, bananas, or seasonal fruit) or some dairy products or healthy fruit juice. The bread offered with soup is wholewheat made in a bakery in a nearby town. Our school has obtained two Gold Diplomas for an active participation in a competition called ‘Let’s talk about food’ organized by the Slovak Agriculture and Food Chamber and the Centre for Food Knowledge Improvement. In our school from time to time we organize food weeks. During the week children eat only healthy food, for example fruits and they drink pure water. Sometimes we also have school organized events like strawberry or peas tasting, once we even had 20 different types of milk to try. Within the healthy eating program we do presentations about wheat, fruits and vegetables. All of our vegetables are brought in from nearby Sliač, where they are grown under quality conditions. All other food is also BIO which means they are kept under good conditions on farms. We’ve got milk from bio organic farms. Our school also organized a healthy lifestyle week in October. It was very interesting. The 7th grade students made lifestyle and health presentations for the younger students. They were mostly about ideal food for a teenager and about lifestyle in general.

School Projects and Policy on Healthy Habits As healthy habits are crucial for the life of people, it is relly important to start focusing on them since their childhood. Not only eating healthy food but also doing some sports activities can contribute to quality life. At the beginning of this school year, the 6th grade students took part in some activities at the Education Center in ZajeŞovå. The program, called Edible Change, was divided into two blocks where the children were dealing with food that came to their tables. They thought about where the food comes from, what distance it has to overcome, what it contains and what waste is produced. The children in the groups prepeared the egg spread, each group receiving ingredients of different origins. Another task was to reflect on other than nutritional aspects of the food we eat; economic, environmental and ethical dimensions. The topics discussed were: child labor, a fair distribution of finances in the chain of people involved in food production, local production and the issue of "fair trade". The activities were conducted so as they make children think about what foods they buy and eat and how they affect people and food production in our region. On the 22nd of April people all around the world commemorate the International Earth Day. Our school is not an exception and as we know it’s the only place we can live in we do some activities to remind us to take care of our planet and protect it. This year the school topic was Our World. The activities were done in the classroom but some stuff had to be prepared in advance. One of the things the children had to make was a poster. Each class made a poster and handed in to the teacher. He judged them and chose the best one. The next day he put them on the wall so the rest of the classes could also see them. The other thing they had to do was to make spreads with herbs. Different classes grew different herbs, for example cress, basil and chive and followingly they made spreads using them. They served them with fresh bread and offered it to the students from other classes. Some classes also prepared a presentation in Powerpoint on the theme The Earth and healthy habits and then they presented it in front of the classes. As for sports activities, our children like movement and excercising. The school takes part in various sports competitions and the results of the students are really good. In all competitions they either won sports cups, medals or they got some diplomas. Every year children of the 2nd classes are engaged in a week swimming course where they learn to swim and the 3rd and 5th classes improve their swimming techniques. The children of the 1st classes have a week of learning to ice skate and the children of the 6th classes spend a week in the mountains learning to ski.

Children in Zajezova discussing different food ingredients

Final preparations of healthy food display and tasting Tasting healthy food during a healthy eating program week

Ice Hockey in Slovakia Sports in our country are quite popular among people. Due to the world success of some sports people who represent our country, sports like athletics (thanks to Matej Toth), biathlon (thanks to Anastazia Kuzminova), swimming (thanks to Martina Moravcova), tennis (thanks to Dominika Cibulkova) and cycling (thanks to Peter Sagan) have become really popular and watched. Exceeding all of these, however, is ice hockey. The mania of watching and supporting ice hockey began in 2002 when the Slovak ice hockey representation gained its biggest achievement in its history by winning the Men’s Ice Hockey Championships held in Gothenborg, Sweden, where they received the gold medal - defeating Russia 4-3. Another great success was the Winter Olympics in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada, where Slovakia came 4th. The place where we live has a long and strong sports tradition too. Our town Banska Bystrica was given the European City of Sports title last year, 2017. We have our own ice hockey team which is called the HC05 iClinic Banska Bystrica. Its nickname is Barani, meaning Rams. The team was founded in 2005 but professional hockey in our town was played long before. For the last two seasons (2016/17 and 2017/18) they have won 1st place in the highest level ice hockey league in Slovakia, called Tipsport League. The most popular and known ice hockey players are Michal Handzus and Vladimir Orszagh, both coming from Banska Bystrica. Handzus has organized many sports events here in his hometown and since joining the NHL (National Hockey League) in 1998, he has played in many teams - the most recent being the Chicago Blackhawks with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2013. Orszagh who also used to play in many NHL teams (e.g. St. Louis Blues and NY Islanders) had to finish his active career due to many injuries. He was an assistant trainer and also the main trainer of HC05 for some years and nowadays he is the head coach of HC Slovan Bratislava and the assistant coach of Craigh Ramsay at the Slovak representation. There is an indoor ice hockey arena in Banska Bystrica which seats 3000 people. Ice hockey players serve as a big inspiration for the younger generation. They have the opportunity to meet them at the training sessions and discuss tactics or support them. Our school also supports ice hockey and enables pupils who train to take part in the morning training every day by releasing them from their first lessons. Recently, there has been a meeting of 2 players of HC05 with children from our school. They brought to show us a big challenge cup called Dzurilla cup (named after the best Slovak hockey player of the 20th century) which the team will keep for a year for being the best ice hockey team in the country. For the last 25 years, it has been consecutively passed on to the winning town each year. The children asked the professional players many interesting question and learned a lot about the cup, as well as about the current situation in the team. This sport gives them the opportunity to move, make new friendships, relieve stress from school, learn to be team players, think in hard situiations and trust their team members or coach.

With the hockey players from the HC05 i Clinic Banska Bystrica

Children in front of the migrating Dzurilla Cup










Healthy Eating

• The Eatwell Guide divides the foods we eat and drink into 5 main food groups. • Try to choose a variety of different foods from each of the groups to help you get the wide range of nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. • It's important to get some fat in your diet, but foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar have been placed outside of the circular image as they are not necessary as part of a healthy, balanced diet and most of us need to cut down on these.

The UK government recommends following these 8 guidelines to have a healthy lifestyle. • • • • • • • •

Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates Eat lots of fruit and veg Eat more fish – including a portion of oily fish Cut down on saturated fat and sugar Eat less salt Get active and be a healthy weight Don't get thirsty (Drink up to 8 glasses of water per day) Don't skip breakfast

Waverley School – Food & Nutrition Policy ▪

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Waverley School recognises the important connection between a healthy diet and a pupil’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school. The school also recognises the role the school can play, as part of the wider community, to promote family health. To this end the school worked hard and achieved its National Healthy School Standard (2008). Improve the health of pupils and staff and their families by helping to influence their eating habits through increasing their knowledge and awareness of food issues, including what constitutes a healthy and environmentally sustainable diet and hygienic food preparation and storage methods. Ensure pupils are well nourished at school and that every pupil has access to safe, tasty and nutritious food and a safe, easily available water supply during the school day. Present consistent, informed messages about healthy eating within school through all school practices.

Healthy Habits Projects • • • • • • •

Breakfast Club – Pupils who arrive to school early will receive a nutritious breakfast. Get active – There are extra curricular sporting activities after school by the P.E. department. Lets get cooking – Cooking club after school offered to learn how to cook and try new recipes Milk and fruit Club – Milk and fresh fruit is provided to primary school children daily as part of increasing their nutritional intake Healthy Eating project – Year 7 pupils undertake a healthy eating project as part of the Design and Technology curriculum Vegetable and fruit growing – We grow a range of fruit on vegetables in our school Life skills lessons – Cooking skills are taught through the curriculum from Year 7-10 as part of our life skills lessons

Cricket Cricket is a popular sport in England as it is entertaining and people enjoy to watch and play it • There are two teams of 11 players. The captains of each team decide whether they want to bat or bowl first from a coin toss. If you bat first your two best batsmen go out first. • In a cricket match in an over a bowler will bowl to the batsmen 6 times. Once completed they will then have to miss one over to bowl again. • Batsman are to protect the wicket from the ball by hitting it as far as they can to score runs. A run can be scored by making a ‘run’ between each wicket. Four runs are scored by hitting the ball along the floor to the boundary line. Six runs for hitting it over the boundary without the ball bouncing. • If the bowler manages to hit the wicket with a bowl or whilst your are running between the wickets you are out and if you hit a ball in the air and the fielder catches it then you are out. • If your whole team is out then the fielding team will bat next to catch your score. If they can not reach your score then you will win the game.

There are 3 different type of cricket matches: -T20s (20 overs) which will last for a few hours -ODI (50 overs) which lasts for a whole day -Test Match (400 – 450 overs) which can last up to 5 days