Thursday, January 26, 2023

National recognition of the school health project being developed in Lanzarote

The School Health Pilot Project, which is being run by the Official College of Nursing on the island of Lanzarote, is progressing satisfactorily. Four months after its launch, the first recognitions for the good results achieved by it begin to come.

A study on health education activities carried out in the classrooms during the first quarter of this course has been selected by the Spanish Scientific Association of Nursing and School Health as the best scientific poster presented in the first edition of the Update and Advance conference. School Nursing, held last Saturday at Camilo José Cela University in Madrid.

The project, a pioneer in the Canary Islands, is being promoted by the Las Palmas Official College of Nursing with the support of the Cabildo de Lanzarote and the collaboration of the municipalities of Tias, Tinajo and San Bartolomé. It includes a total of 17 educational centers, of which 12 are infant and primary schools and 5 are secondary schools.

Till date, it has carried out 366 health education activities for the students. 54% aimed at promoting a healthy diet, 27% at advice on hygiene, personal care and emotional-sexual education, 7% at issues related to drug use prevention, 4% at emotional well-being and 2% at accident prevention and first aid. All these activities have reached 6,072 students from these three municipalities.

There have also been 19 health promotion activities aimed at center staff on potentially serious symptoms and first aid, with access to 539 teachers and 121 members of non-teaching staff. For families, healthy snacks and 5 activities on emotional health were also organized.

At this first conference on Updates and Advances in School Nursing, held in Madrid, the presentation of data from the first three months of activity of the School Health Project in Lanzarote was made by five nurses from the Canary Islands. The author of the study is Elena Moreno, while Begoña Hernández Beriel, project coordinator, Inmaculada Herrera, Yurina González and Lara Mora are co-authors.

The study emphasizes the benefits of working with school populations as a strategy to develop healthy lifestyle habits and achieve a healthy society. “More than an expense, school health programs represent a profitable and cost-effective investment, by making significant savings in direct and future costs in care services and benefits for both health services and social and health public resources”, explains the professional. .

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