Mens sana in corpore sano (MESICS) is a Latin phrase, usually translated as “a healthy mind in a healthy body”. The phrase is widely used in sporting and educational contexts to express the theory that physical exercise is an important or essential part of mental and psychological well-being.
A lot of pupils in europe have overweight and obesity as the european study “I family” proved. Main reasons are a lack of exercise and wrong diet. The project “Mens sana in corpore sano. – staying healthy in school” wants to make pupils sensible for lack of exercise and wrong diet during the school day. The three participating secondary schools from Spain (IES MARRATXI), France (CLG WILLIAM HENRI CLASSEN) and Germany (Inge-Aicher-Scholl-Realschule Neu-Ulm) investigate together how much their students are moving during a school day (with the help of FitnessTrackers) before creating, developing and filming (producing a DVD) exercises that could be used for a movement break during regular school lessons. In another part the pupils detect what they eat and drink during a school day and what food is sold at school. They analyse together the ingridients of this foodstuff and which nutrition is helpful for the power of concentration and performance. While working on the project the students improve their key competences. The main product of the project – video tutorials for a moving break during school lessons – could be used by any teacher working at a secondary school and will be available online.