School-Based Obesity Control (Rashaqa)



It is an initiative implemented, in collaboration between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education (MOE), for different educational stages at some selected schools.

Raising awareness, creating database, providing a supportive environment, activating laws and regulations related to balanced food and physical activity, and controlling obesity in school-aged children.

Reduce the prevalence of obesity among school-aged children and adolescents in some selected schools at a rate of 5% by the end of 2020.

Detailed objectives: 
  • Improve the nutritional behavior among students.
  • Increase the physical activity among students.
  • Provide the preventive and therapeutic services to overweight and obese students.

Target groups:
Students in all educational stages (Primary – Intermediate – Secondary) at some selected schools across the Kingdom’s regions.

Number of schools:
  • First phase (2017): 1000 schools ( in six regions of the Kingdom).
  • Second phase (2018): 2400 schools ( in 20 regions of the Kingdom).
  • Third phase (2019): 4000 schools ( in 20 regions of the Kingdom).
Fourth phase (2020): 6000 schools ( in 20 regions of the Kingdom).

Each stage is applied throughout the entire academic year.

Third phase targets (2019):
Training target:
Target Group
1972 trainees 
Health cadres 
4000 trainees
School health workers 

Application target:
Target Group
4000 schools
1,102,779 students
Students targeted for awareness
1,102,779 students
Students targeted for examination

Third phase achievements (4000 schools in 20 regions):
  • 987 primary healthcare centers have been linked with 4000 schools.
  • 1824 health cadres and 3,705 educational staff have been trained.
  • Lectures, seminars, and awareness-raising activities on obesity control have been conducted at the participating healthcare centers and schools; targeting 1,078,530 students.
  • 1,073,270​ students have been examined.
  • 4,014 target school canteens have been evaluated.

Last Update : 11 August 2021 05:24 PM
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