Good Health Practices Start Young
A healthy body is the best start for children who are studying at school, as it helps them to learn more effectively and gives them the best start in life. A good education leads to more opportunities and a better income as the child becomes an adult, and good personal health allows children to flourish in the classroom.
By providing medical examinations for students on entry to the school and educated observation by the class teacher, the Indian School Health Committee aims to prevent and cure illnesses and disease that can hinder a child scholastically. However, this scheme has so far failed to bring about successful results due to the lack of follow up checks, funding issues in schools, and ineffective co-operation between local authorities, schools and parents. That’s why the Trinity Care Foundation has introduced school heath programs.
Some of the problems suffered by young students in Indian schools are relatively simple to treat or could be prevented through better health education.
Anaemia due to poor diet is a common health problem which can be both preventable and easy to treat in children. Symptoms of anaemia in children include weakness, fatigue, headaches and irritability. It is known to affect performance at school, causing a decrease in attention span and even learning difficulties.
Fortunately, anaemia can usually be treated by taking iron tablets on a daily basis, or alternatively through a healthy diet. Iron-rich foods can combat anaemia; these include include chicken and meat – in particular liver – as well as beans, lentils, eggs and fish.
In terms of dental hygiene, with regular brushing of teeth and a healthy diet, children are less likely to have cavities. Unfortunately, there are children who may have never seen a dentist and attempt to live life with rotten teeth.
Bad teeth can cause more problems than you might have first realised. Obviously, there is the level of pain a child has to suffer through – but take into account attempting to learn or do an exam with toothache. The constant pain can cause children to perform at a standard lower than what they are capable of, which sets them at a disadvantage even so early in life.
Through school health programmes, problems such as these can be spotted early – usually by the class teacher – and the effects on learning and a child’s future minimised.
Health into adulthood
As children grow into adults, they will carry lessons in health with them, allowing them to benefit from a happier and more fulfilled life. However, it is also important to ensure parents and other adults in the community are educated in a similar way. Reinforcing healthy living at home encourages these habits in the next generation.
Community outreach programs bring health education and screening into the heart of a community, allowing adults to benefit from these important life tools. Trinity Care Foundation takes quality healthcare direct to underprivileged communities, allowing them to benefit from it.
The community outreach program provides a wealth of health screening solutions – from dentistry to gynaecology – and offers medicines free of charge. This is helping to bridge the gap between the rich and poor in Indian society, preventing needless deaths by providing easy to access treatment for diseases, as well as education regarding common illnesses.
Child to adult – a journey in good health
When good health practices are observed by the entire community, it provides a wealth of benefits. Children who are more alert in school can perform better – and a better education provides a route to employment and income, which is ideal for deprived areas.
Understanding the nutrients that a body requires to stay active and healthy leads to a better diet, which is beneficial for preventing a range of different health problems. A community of healthy adults poses a lesser strain on local hospitals and healthcare providers, meaning they can dedicate more time and money to curing and treating difficult illnesses.
Additionally, a community in better health is stronger, more active and more productive. This is especially useful in rural villages where farming is the main source of work. People in areas like this often don’t have access to a doctor, dentist or hospital – but they depend on their bodies to be able to work in the fields and bring in an income. Preventative healthcare such as that brought through outreach health programs, allows access to doctors and dentists to resolve issues before they become serious, and even fatal problems.
WRITTEN BY: Evelyn Anderson