Education renews ‘Active Schools’ to combat childhood obesity with physical exercise and a healthy diet

The program, which was convened for the first time last year, is based on challenges that arise as activities, tasks or challenges


The Ministry of Education and Culture, through the General Directorate of Educational Innovation and Attention to Diversity, has published the call for the ‘Active Schools’ Program, which aims to promote habits and a healthy lifestyle in the students of the centers of Compulsory Primary and Secondary Education in the Region of Murcia. The deadline to request participation will be open until December 9.

The main objective of the program is to provide concrete solutions to the problem of overweight and obesity through physical exercise and a healthy diet. The challenges are presented as activities, tasks or challenges, which require the active involvement of students in the search for a solution, according to sources from the regional government in a statement.

The main challenge is to reach 10,000 steps a day, which is approximately 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. In addition, continuity is an important aspect for the integration of healthy habits, so that the educational centers that start the program this year will develop it for four years in the case of Primary Education (from 3rd to 6th) and two years in the case of Secondary Education (1st and 2nd).

The general director of Educational Innovation and Attention to Diversity, Carlos Albaladejo, has pointed out the need to “make the educational community aware of the importance of acquiring healthy habits, through physical activity and adequate nutrition, as a means of fight against overweight and obesity among students in the Region “and has appealed to the commitment to” contribute to the ‘Health and Well-being’ goal that the United Nations sets for the 2030 horizon as part of its Sustainable Development Goals. “

The program, which began for the first time last year, is convened on this occasion without limit of places, while the first 25 schools of the 2019/2020 academic year that renew their participation will have access to workshops taught by health and medical professionals. food for students and their families.

‘Active Schools’ was of great help during the time of confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, since it was developed online, so that its promoters presented challenges to students through videos that were posted on YouTube , which had to be done by them, under the supervision of their tutor or physical education teacher.

These challenges consisted of easy games to play at home so that students could achieve their daily challenge, thus alleviating sedentary lifestyle. This online modality was a great participation success, with some videos reaching 10,000 views.

The ‘Active Schools’ Program arose from the work of a group of teachers who, in the 2016-2017 academic year, devised an experimental project that aimed to promote healthy habits through physical exercise and a healthy diet with students of the Alzabara Rural School Agrupado of Fuente Álamo.

All information about the program can be consulted at ‘’.

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