Healthy Lifestyle Education Module

Lifestyle related health problems demand a shift towards prevention with both impact-driven structures and professionals, who are specifically educated to guide this process.  So far, efforts to improve the delivery of evidence-based care have largely focused on provider knowledge and decision support. However, systematic reviews suggest that educational or knowledge-based interventions targeting individual providers to improve quality of care have been largely unsuccessful.

Therefore, the main objective of this learning module is to coordinate the development, piloting, publishing and promotion of new open access learning resources for the development of innovative education for and through Healthy Ageing, Healthy Lifestyle and community-based interventions.

In the light of the project Community of Practice for a Healthy Lifestyle it was planned and logical to develop courses on: a) what is Healthy Lifestyle and b) what is community-based intervention and how to assess. However, in the course of the project period it emerged and became clear that the role of citizens is a very important stakeholder which is often set aside or forgotten. This despite the fact that citizens are of main importance throughout the whole knowledge development and social innovation chain. Therefore, a third course on the topic of citizen science for health was developed. So, the following three modules were developed:

  1. What is Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Ageing?
  2. What is a community-based intervention and how to assess it?
  3. Citizen Science for Health

All modules can be offered stand alone for extracurricular purposes as well as for being integrated and exploited in health or related bachelor programs (EQF 6). Each module has a study load of 1-2 credits (approximately 40 hours). Each module describes the content, competences and learning outcomes, a generic setup of each module is included with guidelines and recommendations.