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Project: Educating for Equitable Health Outcomes - the Promise of School Health and Physical Education (EDUHEALTH)

The project’s primary goal is to make a meaningful contribution to the European Union (EU) strategy to promote physical activity and health for all citizens.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that everybody has the right to attain 'health' and advocates 'equal health' for all citizens of all nations. The EDUHEALTH project aims to contribute to improved individual and societal health by examining the role that school health and physical education (HPE) can play in supporting equitable health outcomes for the people of the EU and beyond.

EDUHEALTH aims to study school HPE teachers' practices from a 'bottom-up' perspective by conducting observations and interviews in schools across three different contexts. More specifically, the aim is to identify socially-critical HPE teaching practices by exploring how HPE teachers' practice address democracy and social justice and share this knowledge with HPE teachers and teacher educators. These findings will be used to develop teaching strategies that are intended to assist HPE teachers in further refining and developing their practices to become more inclusive and engaging thus helping contribute to healthier citizens and societies.

EDUHEALTH is a collaborative research project that builds upon an existing working relationship between Linnaeus University (LNU) Sweden, University of Auckland (UoA) New Zealand and Inland Norway University of Applied Science (INN).

In April 2016, these three partner institutions jointly applied for Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) funding as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions in European Commission's Horizon 2020 call. In September 2016, the project was granted funding (€ 102,500) over 36 months (2017-2019).

Research project team