BENGALURU: The Parikrama Address School Health Awards were conferred on schools with extraordinary healthcare practices on February 22 at The Chancery Pavilion, Bengaluru. Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, the Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka was the chief guest for the ceremony.
The awards have been instituted by Address Health which was founded in March 2010, in partnership with Parikrama Humanity Foundation encouraging the schools who promote a healthy school environment.
Schools which are spreading awareness on leading a healthy life among children were recognized which was the main aim of the initiative. Out of 73 schools which participated in the competition, 54 schools were inducted into Parikrama Address School Health Hall of Fame for demonstrating their commitment to address at least three domains of school health such as timely health check-up, in-school health services, health education and mental wellness.
The eminent jury identified eight innovative best practices consisting of public health professionals, nutritionists, counselors, educators and social workers to be replicated by other schools.
Some of the innovative idea included, Swachh Paanch Abhiyan by St Mary’s Convent, T. Dasarahalli, the initiative of reducing the weight of the school bags by the Euro School, Chimney Hills, and VVR School of Sarjapur Main Road which initiated a move to look into the oral health of children in their school campus.
The South School, Dr. Vivekananda Layout, is monitoring the nutritional values of the food that students bring in their tiffin boxes every day and they even give feedback to children on improving the quality of the food they bring for tiffin. Meanwhile, the Carmel Garden Public School has prepared a particular timetable for food which the parents are supposed to follow.
Mrs. Geeta Subramaniam, Principal of Euro School Chimney Hills, talking about reducing the weight of school bags said, “The initiative was started to make sure the children don’t suffer from any health issues due to the weight of their school bags and we are proud that the initiative is appreciated by parents and students alike. The management has replicated the rule by Government of Maharashtra which says that the weight of the school bags should not exceed 10 per cent of the students’ body weight. The school management has set up a panel of five members under the vice principal which gives suggestions on how to reduce the weight of the bags.”