Development and Implementation of a National Policy for Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Schools in Europe (HEPS schoolkit)

Project: Research

Project participants

  • Institute of Child Health
  • National Health Service England
  • Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


The HEPS project which started on 1st May 2008 is co-funded by the European Commission for the next three years. It is working towards reducing childhood obesity through improved practice in the school setting. Across member states there are many initiatives on reducing the number of children who are overweight with a practical focus towards developing activities, programmes and teaching methods. However, currently no EU member state has effective national school policy in operation. HEPS aims to bridge this gap by being a policy development project on a national level across Europe. HEPS will help to implement these programmes in a sustainable way at school level. HEPS will develop a Schoolkit. The HEPS Schoolkit is to help member states develop national policy to promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools based on the health promoting school approach.