LifeChamp™ School Health Program
For School aged Children between ages9 - 17
To empower young people with the information and skill they need to make right lifestyle choices and modify behaviour to achieve optimum health and wellbeing.
About LifeChamp™ School Health Program
The “LifeChamp™ School Health Program” (LICSHEP) is a skill-based health education and promotion initiative of Healthucate™ Nigeria to stop the epidemic of diet related non-communicable diseases (DRNCDs) by promoting healthy eating, positive lifestyle and physical activity among school aged children aged 9-17.
LICSHEP seeks to fill the gaps in the health education, advocacy and promotions in Nigeria. This becomes important to stem the spread and epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases which already presents staggering figures. If indeed Nigeria would join the world in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), then health education to all age groups especially children has to be a major focus. LICSHEP is a sustainable solution to meet this need.
LICSHEP is designed in line with the overall objective of Healthucate Nigeria to tackle the health illiteracy culture amongst the Nigerian population and significantly increase the number of persons who are healthucated by empowering the young with the information and skill they need to make the right lifestyle choices and modify behaviour to achieve optimum health and wellbeing.
LICSHEP is a comprehensive and robust program which is designed to use appropriate channels of communication to reach its target audience. The program will encourage self-learning, participatory and interactive learning using seminars, workshops, games, group discussions and community projects.
Creating a platform
LICSHEP aims to impact in the long term health of the population and the prevalence of preventable diet-related non-communicable diseases.
Measurably, to directly equip 1200 children (aged 9 – 15) yearly with the knowledge and skill they need to make the right lifestyle choices especially diet and physical activity.
- Every year, 38 million people die from NCDs globally. More death than all other diseases combined with 80% of the burden in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)1.
- Noncommunicable diseases(NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and others account for 24% of total deaths in Nigeria and the probability of dying between ages 30 and 70 from the main 4 NCDs is 20%.2
- In developing countries, NCDs are increasing faster, in younger people and with worse outcomes than in wealthier countries. 40% of people who die of NCDs are in their most productive years and 45% of the Nigerian population is under 15 years old. Targeting this population group will be a major step in combatting the spread of non-communicable diseases which is already taking its toll in the country1,3.
- Over the next 10 years, the NCD burden will increase by 17% globally and by 27% in Africa1.
- Overwhelming evidence links NCDs to unhealthy diets and physical inactivity and almost 2/3 of NCD death are linked to them and in addition, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol1,4.
- In children, chronic disease and poor health not only hamper productivity and learning, but also act as a severe drain on government healthcare budgets. It is estimated that the cost of inaction in developing countries over the next 20 years world be $7 trillion. It is cost-effective to act now. 1
- With the overwhelming spread of NCDs, our children are headed for a sick future except we take action now. Today more than ever, Youth need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to live healthier lives
References: (1). NCD Alliance.org; (2). World Health Organization - Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Country Profiles, 2014. (3). National Population Commission Statistics www.population.gov.ng; (4). Sallis J.F et.al. (1997) The effects of a 2-year physical education program (SPARK) on physical activity and fitness in elementary school students. Am J Public Health; 87:1328-34 (5). Marx E, et. Al. (eds). (1998)Health is Academic: A Guide to Coordinated School Health Programs. New York: Teachers College Press; (6). National Health Promotion Policy (2006) Federal Ministry of Health; (7). Naidoo, J and Wills, J. (2000). Health promotion, foundation for practice; (8). National School Health Policy (2006).