The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung has asked a research team at Ulm University (Prof Dr Dr J.M. Steinacker, Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine) to develop, implement and evaluate a health promotion program for kindergarten and primary school children in Baden-Württemberg, south-west Germany.
The program Join the Healthy Boat pursues the aims and contents of the current curriculum for primary schools and kindergartens.The central topics of which the children are meant to acquire competences are:
- to be sufficiently physically active
- to engage in sensible recreational activities and
- to eat and drink healthily
Competences in these behaviours lead to an enhanced quality of life with regards to the body, the mind and the child’s emotions. Apart from the acquisition of knowledge how physical, mental and emotional "fitness" can be achieved, a central point is to impart action alternatives. The pirate children Finn and Fine accompany the children as role models through the program by introducing them to their own pirate world suggesting action alternatives to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The program offers lecture material (in german) which have been developed by the research team in collaboration with experienced primary school and kindergarten teachers and can be used directly during play time at kindergartens and during lessons at school.