HHEAPS (Hygiene, Healthy Eating and Activity in Primary Schools) initiative

The HHEAPS Initiative (Hygiene, Healthy Eating and Activity in Primary Schools) has been developed by FSA Scotland as a resource for schools to raise children's awareness of the benefits of food hygiene, healthy eating and physical activity.

Pupils in Primary 4 to 6 complete 6 hygiene and healthy eating classroom activities which are linked with physical activity sessions.

The strength of HHEAPS lies in two key concepts:

  • using sports coaches as positive role models
  • linking together food hygiene, healthy eating and physical activity

The resource includes a Mission Book for each pupil, a Teacher’s Guide for each teacher and Prompt Cards for each coach. This package links the physical and classroom activities and reinforces the hygiene and healthy eating messages.

The HHEAPS initiative was launched in 2006 following a successful pilot project and has grown since, now reaching nationally across Scotland in partnership with Scottish Rugby and the Scottish Football Association, assisted by Active Schools Coordinators. In school year 2008-09 it is projected to reach approximately 10,000 pupils in 300 schools.