For a group of North­eastern stu­dents in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, “strong body, strong mind” isn’t just an age-​​old adage. It’s also a way of teaching.

As part of their senior Cap­stone project, four health sci­ence under­grad­u­ates led a holistic devel­op­mental pro­gram for stu­dents at the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, a highly regarded public charter high school for Boston stu­dents based on the North­eastern campus.

The health sci­ence stu­dents’ holistic edu­ca­tional approach coin­cided with the academy’s mis­sion — to teach life skills that con­tribute to becoming pro­duc­tive, pos­i­tive mem­bers of society, according to team member Allison Coll.

Devel­oped under the direc­tion of George Atkinson, assis­tant pro­fessor of health sci­ences, the pro­gram, named HEaLS (Home Eco­nomics and Life Skills), included a series of four inter­ac­tive lec­tures on topics ranging from ana­lyzing Aris­totle to doing laundry. The health sci­ence stu­dents helped stu­dents at the academy develop essen­tial, prac­tical tools nec­es­sary to suc­ceed both in and out of the classroom.

We know that health is not simply the absence or pres­ence of dis­ease, but a com­bi­na­tion of social, emo­tional, mental, and phys­ical aspects of a person,” said team member Jean­nine Jeha.

North­eastern stu­dents spent five month devel­oping courses on topics that are often de-​​emphasized in public schools. A course on ethics touched on the neg­a­tive impli­ca­tions of gos­siping and cheating, while a life-​​skills course empha­sized time man­age­ment, con­flict res­o­lu­tion, and house­hold skills such as laundry and sewing. Another course tackled résumé-​​building and fiscal responsibility.

We allowed stu­dents time to ask us any ques­tions about our expe­ri­ence adjusting to col­lege, which they found par­tic­u­larly helpful,” said team member Kari Brewer.

Stu­dents most enjoyed the nutri­tion and well­ness course, which focused on the impor­tance of main­taining a healthy and envi­ron­men­tally friendly diet.

You would be sur­prised how pas­sionate stu­dents are about wanting to eat better and caring for the envi­ron­ment,” Jeha said.

Team leaders said the goal of the project was to pass on their knowl­edge gained at North­eastern to future col­lege graduates.

Our hope is to create a gen­er­a­tion of con­tributing and con­fi­dent ado­les­cents who hold their own keys to a better tomorrow,” said team member Bryn Mesko.

The academy, which was recently renamed in honor of the late U.S. sen­ator, pro­vides a sup­portive learning envi­ron­ment that pro­motes respect and embraces diver­sity to Boston-​​area stu­dents inter­ested in exploring careers in health and health-​​related professions.