Taking a Healthy Interest in You
An agency of the Ministry of Health
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The National Health Fund Schools Wellness Programme is designed as a working tool to reach children in schools. The objective is to enhance children's health and well-being by focusing on three key behaviors that schools will participate in:
A chronic disease is an illness that has a prolonged course, does not resolve spontaneously, and a complete cure is rarely achieved. These diseases include diabetes, heart disease and asthma and they all affect the quality of life of those inflicted, including children.
The High School Screening Programme is for all high school students (grades 7-13). Students are selected based on their own medical and family histories and screening is done by The Heart Foundation of Jamaica and Diabetes Association of Jamaica at the school.
The tests done are - ECG, cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, Haemoglobin and BMI for all selected students. The contracted Agencies are required to give a statistical analysis of the screening done. The school nurse is responsible to follow up with students that present with abnormal results and encourage them to see their doctor and change their lifestyles.
Roles NHF Schools