Cuida-te + Pesar Saúde na Escola

 

During the last quarter of 2011, LPPS established a cooperation agreement with the Portuguese Institute for Sports and Youth (IPDJ) aiming to promote the collaboration of both institutions in public health education activities. It resulted in the combination of different strategies to implement a national-based social intervention project, including:

  • Youth Health Offices: spread all over the national territory, youth health offices were places where children, adolescents and young adults could receive free advice on various issues related to their health (namely, sexuality and reproductive health; addictive behaviors and drugs; mental health; eating habits, obesity and malnutrition, etc.);
  • Cuida-te and Pesar Saúde na Escola: in parallel, LPPS and IPDJ joined their itinerant campaigns Cuida-te and Pesar Saúde na Escola, aiming to spread health promoting messages in all public schools of secondary education . Cuida-te is an itinerant campaign of IPDJ that use to travel around the country with an appellative van where two young health offices offers health professionals’ counselling to students (on issues mentioned above). In turn, Pesar Saúde na Escola is also an itinerant campaign of LPPS, but it aims to promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles in young children and adolescents; to fulfill its aims, Pesar Saúde na Escola offers a set of playful didactic activities regarding eating habits, physical activity and sedentary daily routines, nutrition and body image, etc. Together, Cuida-te e Pesar Saúde na Escolawent through almost all secondary schools of the country, spreading its message to thousands of students of Portuguese public educational system.

The activities under this cooperation agreement ended in the 2nd half of 2012.

Pro Saúde

 

Pro-Saúde was implemented by LPPS between 2008 and 2010 and was aimed at tackling childhood obesity. Following a socio-communitarian intervention modality, the project involved the participation of children, young people and their families, working in partnership with schools and communities. It was given priority to a strategy of an open and participatory intervention, favorable to the development of proactive and democratic values and behaviors.

Along of the two years, approximately 70 children aged between 6 and 17 years old participated in a set of playful and didactic activities, conceived for the regular involvement of their parents, peers and the local community.

The multiplier effect of Pro-Saúde was remarkable. Pesar Saúde Campaign, designed to raise public awareness on healthier lifestyles advantages, travelled through the schools of the North of the country, reaching more than 5.000 children in its 1st edition. Currently, it is on its 4th edition and it has reached thousands of children and adolescents.

Co-financed by the Directorate General of Health, Pro-Saúde involved several nutritionists, nurses, doctors, sports teachers, educators and sociocultural animators.