Lifestyle of Saudi girls and the Impact of Health Promoting Schools
Lifestyle of Saudi girls and the Impactof Health Promoting Schools Dr.Sulieman Nasser Al- Shehri MD, PhD, MPH,DCH
Health Promoting SchoolsHealth Promoting School (HPS) is theschool where all its members worktogether to provide students withintegrated and positive experiencesand structure which promote andprotect their health . This includes theformal and the informal curriculae inhealth ,the provision of a safe andhealthy school environment , the
Health Promoting SchoolsThe concept of Health PromotingSchool (HPS) is international in itsdevelopment , with many countriesaround the world implementingprograms which support schools andtheir communities in better healthactions ,It complements the WHO school healthinitiative , which provides an impetus
Why we focus on students Students represent about 25 of population allover the world The students usually spend several hours of their day in schools , during which many health messages can be offered to them The students can transfer their knowledge and skills to their colleagues as well as their families and communities
Why the School Promoting School ProgramThe program aims at making «Everyone is working forbetter health and promote this concept in all ways andpractices.Involve all the school and community members in healthpromotion efforts.Provide a model for the preservation of the environment ,nutrition support, the application of safety systems, andencourages physical activities
Why the School Promoting School ProgramTake the initiative to promote mental and emotional health.Develop life skills of students , giving them a sense ofresponsibility, self-confidence, and appreciation of theirefforts and achievements .Accordingly , the Ministry of Education, adopted thisprogram in its 10 years plan.
ObjectivesTo explore lifestyle of HPS and non-HPS students.To assess the effect of (HPS)program on the students lifestyle.To come up with recommendationsfor HPS program implementation toMOE .
MethodologyThe study sample was :Third year intermediate and thirdyear secondary girl students studyingin Health Promoting Schools (HPS)and non- (HPS) as a control group,and who spent three years at thesame schoolEducation departments (ED) :Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina, Mecca ,Dammam and Qasuim
Number of students in sample size Response rate was 83%
Methodology (cont..)Students were asked to answerquestions about their dietary pattern ,health habits , physical activities andbehavior after providing a parentconsent to participate in the study. Statistical analysis was carried outusing Statistical Epi-Info programversion 3.4.3 (2007) , frequency andproportions were used to analyze the
The findings of the present study indicated that the implementation of (HPS) program had an evident impact on the lifestyle of students .So, we suggest many recommendations : Raise the efficiency and effectivenessof school health programs specially theHealth Promoting School Program topromote skills and behavior of students. The coordination of school health,
Providing the means of healtheducation in all units, especially in thesub-units regarding dietary pattern ,physical activity .Develop the skills of health workers toensure the school to raise the level ofphysical and psychic schoolenvironment .
Support and dissemination of (health supervisor program) whoseidea is to train one teacher in eachschool to carry out health surveillance,and to be responsible for the activationof the preventive aspect of the schoolhealth. Increasing focus on teachers andstudents about the importance of