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The future belongs to the young. However, our children are living increasingly unhealthy lives. Because of this, 15% of Dutch children aged 4 to 17 are now overweight. These children are at risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, several forms of cancer and osteoarthritis.This also has far-reaching psychological and social consequences, such as lower educational performance, unequal employment opportunities and huge pressure on our healthcare system. Encouraging children to adopt a healthy lifestyle is the need of the hour. The Healthy Primary School of the Future (de Gezonde Basisschool van de Toekomst) is a unique programme that stimulates pupils, from an early age, to a healthy lifestyle based on exercise and nutrition. The initial results are positive in all aspects: a more healthy lifestyle, less overweight and less bullying in the classroom

Going green for more impact

To make the programme even more sustainable, the Green Healthy Primary School of the Future is being developed. Interventions and research will be implemented on how greening of schoolyards can further contribute to the health, wellbeing and cognitive performance of our young people. Additional resources are needed for this. Will you contribute to a healthy generation?

About the researcher

Onno van Schayck is professor of Preventive Medicine at Maastricht University (UM) and for several years has been the most cited researcher in his field worldwide. Onno is a leading international expert in the early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases in primary care and in society. He is also the project leader of the Healthy Primary School of the Future programme. “The school is an ideal environment for promoting a healthy lifestyle among young people. Every child deserves an equal (healthy) chance in life—an ambition we naturally want to pursue.”

Science as charity

UM has been committed to research and education for the last 46 years. And the University Fund Limburg/SWOL is happy to help UM in this endeavour. Following a national awareness campaign, all of the university funds in the Netherlands have joined forces to bring increased attention to the importance of scientific research for a healthy and sustainable society. During this campaign we aim to promote 2 strategic and societal relevant health projects. We really need your contribution. Can we count on you? Click here to go to our other campaign project.

You make your donation to the University Fund Limburg/SWOL, the charitable foundation of Maastricht University. This fund is a registered public benefit organisation (ANBI), which means your donation is tax deductible. For more information, please visit the website of University Fund Limburg/SWOL:

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