School-Based Obesity Control (Rashaqa)
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​Introduction:

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.

Themes:
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.

Objective:
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).

Duration:
Each stage is applied throughout the entire academic year.
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Third phase targets (2019):
Training target:
Number
Target Group
1972 trainees 
Health cadres 
4000 trainees
School health workers 

Application target:
Number​
Target Group
4000 schools
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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