Need of School based health program
Adam 6-year-old boy had a fever last night and was not able to attend the school, as he had to visit the doctor.
Students have a hard time learning when they aren’t feeling well. They may miss a class— and when they are in class, they might have trouble paying attention. Giving kids and teens access to health care at school puts them in a better position to learn. Health issues a child faces are:
2. Eating disorders
4. Dental caries
5. Behavioral disorders
6. Mental health and trauma
7. Vision impairment
According to Neerja Birla has a B.Sc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Derby, 12 percent of Indian students between the age of 4 and 16 suffer from psychiatric disorders.
School-based health program provides students with knowledge and skills and to support their well-being. These programs emphasize health promotion, early detection, and disease prevention to support students to reach their full potential. The service is jointly provided by the department of health and department of education. As students spend a large portion of each day in school. This makes schools a natural place for delivering information to students about positive health choices. School-based health programs are uniquely positioned to provide:
School Breakfast Programs
Provision of school breakfast programs to all students or to low-income students has a positive academic influence. Low-income students who were offered free breakfast at school not only improved their nutrition but also had improved standardized achievement test scores and decreased absences and tardiness.
Increased Physical Education
Through extended physical education classes or physical activity breaks, students perform better, despite their having less classroom instruction time. Physical activity increases blood circulation, which helps in their cognitive development, decreases stress and also helps to improve a student’s ability to focus in class.
Dental Health Services
Acute dental health issues cause students to miss school, which contribute to higher absenteeism among low-income. School-based interventions help to reduce the risk of dental decay, improve dental health, and would also protect against absences related to dental health issues.
Mental Health and Trauma
By providing a school climate that is comfortable talking about and addressing emotional health, can help to reduce the stigma often associated with receiving mental health treatment. This helps a student in dealing with bullying and conflicts, solving problems, developing healthy peer relationships, engaging in activities to prevent suicide and substance use.
Training for Management of Chronic Diseases
With intensive training and support systems for students with chronic health diseases, such as asthma, visual impairment, hearing impairment, or other serious conditions, improved their self-management of the condition and their school attendance. These programs also help students to learn to control their symptoms and protect themselves from environmental triggers.
Hence by providing an integrated program of quality, accessible, cost sensitive and confidential health care services, a healthy campus environment can be developed. Carengrow preventive healthcare program helps caregivers to enhance the physical and mental health of students in order to help them achieve academic success and lifelong wellness.