Health Promotion Department Takes Part in Sharjah International Book Fair 2019 to Promote ‘Healthy Schools’ Program

The Health Promotion Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, SCFA, is taking part in the 38th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2019 which is held at the Expo Centre Sharjah under the theme ‘Open Books … Open Minds’. The fair will continue until November 9.

In this context, the Health Promotion Department has prepared an outstanding platform, through which it will promote the ‘Healthy Schools’ program launched by the Department collaboratively with World Health Organization (WHO).

A series of publications and leaflets will be provided to visitors with ample information about the “Healthy Schools” program.

The Program is targeting 227 public and private schools, 26 public nurseries and about 226000 students in the Emirate of Sharjah.

Delivering our Message to the Largest Audience Possible

Speaking about the Department’s participation in SIBF, HE Iman Rashid Saif, Director of the Health Promotion Department, said: “We are keen to take part in the various cultural and social events, and exhibitions to highlight the Department’s vision and to deliver our message to the largest audience possible. This comes as part of the Department’s strategy aiming to raise health awareness among community members.”

She added: “Our participation this year primarily aimed at promoting the ‘Healthy Schools’ program which is launched under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and introducing the Program objectives to the visitors, especially that SIBF is forming a key destination to schools, educational institutions, students and their families.”

Healthy Schools Program aims at fostering and developing a healthy and safe environment at schools. This would positively affect the students’ physical, social, and educational growth.

Through its participation in SIBF, the Health Promotion Department looks forward to highlighting the vision, message, and phases of the ‘Healthy Schools’ program. This includes raising schools’ capacity to tackle the health challenges through the implementation of certain health standards including; school buildings, the surrounding environment, and the implementation of smoke-free school policy.

In addition, special attention is given to proper physical activity, healthy nutrition of students, methods of prevention of infectious diseases and other mechanisms focusing on the health and safety of students and adolescents in schools.

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