Navarra has been distinguished with two awards in two categories of the XVI edition of the NAOS Strategy Awards, a call organized by the Spanish Agency for Food Security and Nutrition (AESAN), an institution attached to the Ministry of Consumption, to recognize Can be given Best initiative to promote healthy eating habits or promote physical activity.
Specifically, in the category for the most outstanding strategy in the workplace, the “Renueva-T” program was awarded, aimed at improving the health status of employees of the Navarro Health Service-Osasunbidia (SNS-O), and it That it is offered by the Occupational Risk Prevention Service of this autonomous body. The other award, aimed at recognizing initiatives in the health sector, went to the “ViviFrail” program; A program to promote the well-being of the elderly, led by the Public University of Navarra and Navarrabiomed, with participation in the development and dissemination of the primary care of SNS-O and the geriatric service of HUN. The awarded projects were selected from among 47 finalists.
Promotion of physical activity and the Mediterranean diet among professionals
“Renueva-T” includes a health promotion program that the SNS-O Occupational Risk Prevention Service integrates into the periodic health check-ups of its employees. It is a group program to promote physical activity and healthy eating, with the aim of improving cardiovascular and metabolic health indicators, combined with other risk factors such as hypertension, smoking, overweight or obesity, dyslipidemia or lack of physical activity. added to control.
In this way, the program sets two objectives for its participants: reach 10,000 steps a day during the 12 weeks that each version of the program lasts (one in spring and the other in autumn) and adhere to a Mediterranean diet. Improves on at least two points. , , according to the standardized questionnaire (modified PREDIMED) that the service uses in identification.
Those selected to be a part of “Renueva-T” have access to risk mitigation service counseling and monitoring throughout the duration of the program. Thus, at the beginning and at the end of the program two consultations are held with medical and nursing professionals in which anthropometric and analytical measurements are taken. In addition, participants are provided with informational materials on walking and healthy eating, a pedometer to track steps, and motivational workshops with experts along with education on food labeling, cooking, and other keys to physical activity in the environment. are held with proposals of And the possibilities of routes in the company.
The initiative began in 2017 under the name “Sumapassos, Choose Health” with the aim of improving participants’ physical activity and reducing sedentary lifestyles. After several annual editions until a hiatus due to the pandemic in 2021, it was resumed in 2022 in three Navarrese public hospitals, with the promotion of healthy eating as an additional objective.
“Vivifrel” program to promote the well-being of elderly people
The Vivifrail Project is a program to promote physical exercise among the elderly. It is based on the recommendation and application of individual training programs, combining strength, balance and gait exercises, adapted to older people and their functional status.
The project unites five countries (Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom) for two years of work (between 2014 and 2016), within the framework of an EU strategy to promote health and quality of life Was born ) under the coordination of Mikel Izquierdo Radin, Professor and Head of Physical Exercise at UPNA and the Quality of Life Group of NavrabioMed and Physical Exercise, Health and Functional Capacity during the Life Group of IDISNA.
Within the framework of the SNS-O, primary care management has opted for this tool when prescribing physical exercise in the elderly, in the context of their frailty prevention and care strategy. In 2020, UPNA and Navarra Primary Care Management collaborated in the preparation of various audiovisual materials, the main objective of which is to promote physical exercise among the elderly and to provide personalized prescriptions of adapted physical exercise to their health professionals.
Since then, the Vivifrail program has been used on a day-to-day basis in many health centers, both in individual counseling and in group physical exercise workshops and community functions, with the aim of promoting healthy aging among the elderly. Similarly, Vivifrail is used by the HUN Geriatric Service, both for the prevention of functional decline during admission and at discharge to improve the physical condition of patients.
The Vivifrail project has a recommendation from the Ministry of Health and is part of a strategy to promote health and quality of life in the European Union. Similarly, the World Health Organization invites its implementation in various countries at risk of population ageing. Currently, its use is spreading to various countries in Latin America.