Lots of exercise and a balanced diet are essential for the healthy development of children. Join the Healthy Boat is a programme run by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation to promote the health of children aged 0-10 years.
Children should be introduced to a healthy lifestyle as early as possible, mainly through lots of healthy ideas that are fun. That is why the programme provides alternative courses of action, ideas for games, knowledge and actions on the following topics that are important for child health.
Children should learn to:
• move around a lot
• organise their free time in a meaningful way, preferably without screen media
• eat healthy
• relax and be mindful of yourself and others
The programme Join the Healthy Boat pursues the goals and contents of the curriculum for primary schools and the orientation plan for kindergartens.
As identification figures and role models, the pirate children Finn and Fine (see illustration) accompany the children through the world of the island pirates on their way to a healthy lifestyle.
Health-promoting topics are prepared for care workers in the elementary and primary area in advanced training courses as well as by means of ideas and materials for implementation in day-to-day nursery, kindergarten or school life, which are provided free of charge.
The program offers tried-and-tested materials that can be used directly in day-to-day nursery and kindergarten activities or in primary school lessons. These were developed by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Ulm University and an educational advisory board made up of experienced primary school teachers and educators.