Bien-être: Healthy Communities

2005 – 2007 Bien-être was a cross border two-year healthy schools and communities project between a multi-agency partnership in Kent and Pas-de-Calais, France which started in September 2005.

The objectives of Bien-être were to create cross-border and local learning networks – comprising of those involved with the health and education of children and the well-being of communities – in order to learn from different cultures; to foster mutual understanding of different methods of health and educational service delivery; and to explore opportunities for reducing health inequalities in schools and local communities.

By using food as a catalyst, the project stimulated interest in healthier lifestyles through professional, social and cultural exchanges. Increased community involvement in local projects helped further community development to improve the lives of children and parents in local areas.  The project also increased access for the children, their families and the wider community to a range of cultural activities focused on the enjoyment of healthy eating.

As part of the project, there were annual cross border professional exchange visits and two one-day Festivals of Food, Culture and Sports – one in Pas-de-Calais and one in Kent – bringing together schoolchildren, members of the community, health professionals, head teachers and teachers involved in the Bien-être project, as well as other health and education professionals from the area.