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Service-Learning in nutrition: from the classroom to schools

From 2013 to the present, the fourth-year students of the Human Nutrition and Dietetics Degree (HND) at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) have carried out various Service-Learning activities for more than 40,000 children from the schools and highschools of the cities of Reus and Tarragona (Catalonia). Carrying out these activities means that the URV students learn to transmit health advice and reflect on the need to train the population and therefore improve their quality of life in general. All the topics discussed are based on the prevention at premature ages of different health problems with a high prevalence in the adult population. The evaluation of the impact of the activities has shown that the level of knowledge of schoolchildren in healthy nutritional habits improved by 19% after carrying out the proposed activities.This experience has a double objective, on the one hand, to offer children the information they need to acquire healthy eating habits that favor their growth as adults, and to take responsibility for their own health. In addition, HND fourth-year university students undertake health promotion activities to integrate all the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values acquired in all subjects during their academic training in public health. The specific objectives of the activities include getting to know the main groups of drinks, as well as healthy alternatives, the importance of healthy eating habits, which foods should make up a healthy breakfast, among others. As for the reflection, in order to evaluate the results obtained and approximate much more closely the real impact of the activities on the children, the students, on the one hand, will have to describe the target population very well and on the other, study the suitability of the proposed activities. Finally, in the individual assessment, there is reflection on the learning achieved: skills developed; activity improvement proposal.

Country: Spain

Year: 2022-2023

Institution: Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)

Contact person: Marta Romeu Ferran

Email: marta.romeu@urv.cat

# of students: 40

Interaction with beneficiaries: Face-to-face

Academic Degree: Undergraduate

Discipline(s): Medicine and health | Education

Community Service Area & ODS: Good health and well-being | Reducing inequalities | Responsable consumption and production

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