A positive attitude to health starts at a young age. We developed an educational program for children on health and entrepreneurship, together with Stichting Jong Ondernemen. In Amsterdam, this was combined with a contest: the Youth4Health Challenge, that was supported by GGD Amsterdam and took place in NEMO.

The health situation

The younger you become familiar with certain behaviors, preferably the good ones, the larger the chance you will stick to them in the future. Healthy behavior, including eating well and physical activity, is one of the most valuable assets one can acquire in life. However, many children nowadays suffer from overweight and growing health issues, due to a lack of sports, bad nutrition or low level of activities.

The challenge

Schools are an excellent place to reach out to children. In school, children acquire knowledge and start learning to work together, but health is not included in the curriculum. Creating a special program that not only communicates the importance of health but also stimulates to think about ways to achieve this, contributes to both education as health.

The purpose of the project

The Youth4Health Challenge makes children reflect on their own attitude towards health and behavior and stimulates them to come with solutions based on technology. The participants work in teams and challenge one another with original ideas, which is at the basis of entrepreneurship.

What is ahti’s role?

Ahti initiated the program and developed the course together with Stichting Jong Ondernemen, a foundation that stimulates young entrepreneurs. 280 primary schools outside of Amsterdam and 51 in Amsterdam requested the school kit. In Amsterdam, the closing of the program was a real challenge that took place at Science Center NEMO.


Name: Youth4Health Challenge
Status: 2016 completed, 2018 in development
Countries: the Netherlands
Partners: Stichting Jong Ondernemen and GGD Amsterdam
Schools contacted in 2016: 1500 in NL, 192 in Amsterdam
Requests for lesson package: 280 in NL, 51 in Amsterdam
Video submissions for Youth4Health Challenge in Amsterdam: 29

For more information: Guus ten Asbroek, Senior Program Manager