This paper discusses the experiences and lessons of WDF school-based medical project.


This paper discusses the experiences and lessons of WDF school-based medical project.

According to the magazine, the right approach is that schools in developing countries can help children develop lifelong health habits.

Schools can play an important role in building healthy children’s habits. But do need to take the way of “the school” : let children to participate in the activities of individual behavior change of participation, is suitable for the regional physical activity and healthy food choices are the important factor of success.

These are one of the major findings of a study by Mette Skar, Emilie Kirstein and Anil Kapur of the world diabetes foundation. This paper summarizes the conclusions of this study in this month’s experience and lessons of the school health promotion program in low – and middle-income countries.

Child: care, health and development.

Qualitative research covers 17 WDF supported school-based projects in Africa, North America and the Caribbean, south and Central America, southeast Asia and the western Pacific.

Innovation – obstacles to success.

According to Mette Skar, schools in low – and middle-income countries have little research on health promotion, so WDF decided to review its programs. The study included online questionnaires, telephone interviews and field trips to three Indian projects.

She explained: “this article sums up the lessons learned from all WDF’s health promotion programs in schools since 2002. “School health promotion is very important because lifestyle is related to the habits of childhood and adolescence. If we target children, we have a chance to prevent diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases. It’s easier to change your habits and promote a healthy lifestyle as soon as possible. ”

Research confirms that schools in developing countries are doing a lot of innovative ways to promote healthy living.

Mette Skar said: “it is also found in the health research of schools in developed countries, which are the most effective lectures on activities such as school gardens, role playing, quizzes, sports events and so on.

The study also identified common barriers. Persuading teachers and parents to focus on academics, giving priority to physical activity can be difficult. Some schools lack the space for physical activity or the lack of affordable healthy food supplies.

“This is a key finding – it’s important to focus on the physical environment,” Mette Skar said, adding:

“I hope that those who plan to start school health promotion in low – and middle-income countries can learn from these experiences and push them forward.”


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