Program to promote health in Juárez schools

Officials from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua state Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport show an agreement to extend the Healthy University program into lower schools in Ciudad Juárez. (Photo courtesy la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez)

Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

The University Autonoma of Ciudad Juárez and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of the government of Chihuahua, signed a collaborative agreement to implement the Healthy University program in city schools.

The program will help the schools provide more efficient and transparent management of financial resources and accountability in promoting healthy lifestyles for students and their families.

The agreement was signed by the rector of the UACJ, Carlos Javier Sanchez, and the Secretary of Education, Culture and Sport, Jorge Quintana Silveyra, at a ceremony held in the rectory of the university. Among those attending were officials from state government and the state university.

The partnership will begin immediately with a pilot program involving two primary schools, two secondary schools and two high schools. It is estomated to impact a population of 2,800 students in basic education institutions and 2,500 high school students.

The university estimates that for each student in the schools, the program will benefit family members, so the real impact of the program is on a population of more than 21,000 people.

This pilot will be implemented in the primaries 18 de Julio and Emilio Carranza; the secondary schools Estatal 4 and Federal 4, and the colleges of Bachilleres 5 and 6.

Through the Healthy University program, students majoring in medicine, dentistry, nutrition, psychology and social work will be conducting preventive and health education.

These actions can make a diagnosis of health of all students with what can be prevented and detected in a timely manner, such as overweight, obesity and addictions, among other conditions.  It also will provide sex education.

Both the president of the UACJ and secretary of Education, Culture and Sport of Chihuahua, said the program was started eight years ago at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez is already a national and international model and has been replicated in other institutions of higher education.

This pilot program will be in effect for the remainder of the school year and will expand its coverage, depending on the support received for its implementation.




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