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Escola Virolai and Col.legi Badalonès obtain the first AENOR Healthy School certificates

13/12/2018

  • These two Catalan educational centres have received certificates to certify that they have implemented a Management System that complies with the requirements of the AENOR Healthy School Model, which is based on continuous improvement.
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  • The Model, developed by AENOR, Nútrim and Cualtis with the collaboration of four Catalan educational centres, aims to promote healthy living among children, addressing topics including health, diet, physical activity, socio-emotional education and environmental conditions, and taking a comprehensive approach.

13 December 2018. The Catalan educational centres Escola Virolai and Col.legi Badalonès have received the AENOR Healthy School certificates, making them the first schools to receive this recognition. 

This certificate certifies that the schools comply with the AENOR Healthy School Model, developed by AENOR, Nútrim and Cualtis. It is the first of its kind and aims to promote healthy living among children, helping them to maintain and improve their health during their school years; this, in turn, will have a positive impact on their adult life.

Promoted by these three companies, with the collaboration of four Catalan schools, this Model lays down the requirements for developing a Healthy School Management System for educational centres that wish to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of their students and their environment. Schools that meet the requirements of this Model can obtain the certificate certifying this to be the case.

The Healthy School Model is based on the structure of continuous improvement, which includes the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle, and it can be integrated into other Management Systems, such as the Quality Management System described in the standard UNE-EN ISO 9001. 

Among other benefits, this Model helps to: 

  • Improve students' health and well-being.
  • Reduce risk factors associated with habits and behaviours.
  • Integrate health and healthy habits into the educational sphere in a cross-disciplinary manner.
  • Apply instruments and strategies relating to children's health.
  • Improve knowledge and skills relating to healthy habits.
  • Obtain results and provide data to substantiate the measures implemented relating to health.
  • Improve the educational centre's relationship with its interest groups.

Centres that wish to obtain this certificate, which is voluntary, must comply with the requirements of this Model, identifying and assessing the main health-related aspects based on five key scenarios: 

  • Promoting health; for example, promoting good dental hygiene habits.
  • Promoting a healthy diet, carrying out activities that prevent food disorders such as obesity.
  • Promoting physical activity; for example, promoting participation in sports.  
  • Socio-emotional education; striving to prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination.
  • Control of the environment; for example, adapting spaces in terms of safety or temperature.

Other Catalan educational centres have also collaborated in implementing this Model, namely Escola Virolai, Col.legi Badalonès, Escuela Dominiques de l’Ensenyament and Escuela Sant Josep Oriol.