More than 70,000 students from 655 schools, from all districts of Mainland Portugal and Islands, are enrolled in the 6th edition of the Missão Continente School educational program 2021/2022, through which the younger generations are promoted and sensitized to the importance of healthy eating, conscientious consumption and an active lifestyle, using various recreational activities, special classes, challenges and other surprises for the students and teachers involved.

This year, the Missão Continente School program, which already covered the 1st Cycle of Basic Education (CBE) since 2016, was extended to Pre-School and to the 2nd Cycle of Basic Education (CBE). Of the 1st CBE, a total of 557 schools (57.232 students) enrolled, 28% more compared to last year. Pre-schools joined in force in this first year, being represented by 109 schools (4.365 students), and from the 2nd CBE, there were 56 participant schools (9,107 students).

TV presenter Francisco Garcia, TV presenter and food writer Filipa Gomes and the Women’s National Team’s soccer player, Jéssica Silva, are Missão Continente School’s official ambassadors who, during this school year, will challenge students and participate in the various planned educational activities.

At the same time, Missão Continente School will assess, for the first time, the impact of this educational program on healthy eating, in 44 schools of the 1st CBE, for 4 consecutive years (2021-2025). It is the first scientific study in a nutrition and community health program of this dimension in Portugal.

The General Directorate of Health, the Centre for Studies and Research in Social Dynamics and Health (CEIDSS), the São João University Hospital Centre (CHUSJ), the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Porto and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) are the Missão Continente School’s institutional partners, which also has the support of the General Directorate of Education. Since the beginning of the program (2016/17), more than 100,000 children from the 1st Cycle of Basic Education in schools across the country (mainland and islands) have already been involved.

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