9 December 2020
“ROZA Lovely Family Trip” organized by Roza in collaboration with the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, to create a new phenomenon for pushing Namsomphitthayakhom School, Udon Thani Province, to win the award for diamond health promotion school with 6 schools at the same time shown as a model resulting from the cooperation of local communities for the same goal: create good health for the children sustainably.
Dr. Phanphimon Wipulakorn, Director-General of the Department of Health, revealed after presiding over the opening of a visit to diamond health promotion school, Nam Som District, “Nam Som Model”, Udon Thani Province, that the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Education have consistent policies to develop Thai students to grow up with quality in accordance with the educational and health standards requiring children to be good, smart, and happy people. This is emphasis on the involvement of all relevant sectors under the concept of the health promotion schools that develop covering all aspects of health and the environment by creating a shared learning process for everyone in the school and local community. In particular, students are encouraged to cultivate good attitudes and practice appropriate health skills and behaviors in order to help them to apply health knowledge and skills in daily life appropriately. “Nam Som Model” is an example of the development of holistic school-age children through the cooperation of all sectors, both public and private sectors, to jointly develop the health of school-age children to be a physically and mentally ready adult based on the gold school promotion process with 10 elements and extend the school development to the standard criteria of the diamond health promotion school, emphasising the measurement of health outcomes, health behavior of students, and the performance of the policy of the Ministry of Education with consisting of 3 standards as follows: Standard 1, the implementation of the health promotion school; Standard 2, the implementation of lead student health; and Standard 3, the achievements of the implementation of student health condition, school problem-solving project, works based on the policy of the Ministry of Education, safe and adequate drinking water, hygiene toilet, nutrition and food sanitation, accident prevention, and pollution prevention and correction that affects health.
“The implementation of the health promotion school aims to provide students with sustainable good nutrition, good health, good environment, and good well-being, and good quality of life by encouraging all students to follow up on their growth, weighing, and measuring height, and have problem solving activities in students with obesity and height, dental health promotion in school, eye and hearing examinations, as well as students with mental health problems, who must be helped, to encourage them clean drinking water, and self-develop in the good environment. Moreover, there are seats and gardens in the school area without pollution, and the teaching of health education in all forms of schools, both integrated and practical courses,” said the Director-General of the Department of Health.
Mr. Suwit Wangpatanamongkol, Marketing Director of Hi-Q Food Products Co., Ltd., which is the manufacturer and distributor of Roza brand food products, said, “ROZA Lovely Family Trip is the project organized for the 15th consecutive year from the collaboration of Roza with the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, to help reduce nutritional problems in the upper northeastern area and push local schools to become the diamond health promotion school, realizing that the diamond health promotion school can promote the children health. Every year, there will be a school under the project that qualifies as a diamond health promotion school, but this year is an emerging phenomenon that the 6 schools in the same area, Nam Som District, Udon Thani Province, successfully have met the criteria to be the diamond health promotion schools at the same time. From such accomplishment, “Nam Som Model” will be extended for continued use in the next project.
“Nam Som Model” is set as a model for the synergies of all sectors for the same goal of improving the well-being of youth in scarce areas, consisting of the public and private sectors, and participating schools, and local communities: Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, Udon Thani Province, Nam Som District Public Health Office, Sub-district Health Promoting Hospital, Regional Health Promotion Center 8 Udon Thani, Nam Som Hospital, Primary Educational Service Area Office, and ROZA Lovely Family Trip, with the beginning of Dr. Kangwan Wongratsameedeun, Director of Nam Som Hospital, to see Ban Tha Som School participating in ROZA Lovely Family Trip and successfully passed the criteria as a diamond health promotion school. In this school, the students have a better quality of life, so it was inspired to lead the schools in his own district to qualify for the diamond health promotion school. Therefore, he decided to invite schools in the district to join the project. There are 9 schools that were interested in participating in the project, which 6 out of 9 schools were qualified for the diamond health promotion school, namely, Ban Tha Som School, Nam Som Prachasawan School, Ban Yuak School, Ban Chok Charoen School, Ban Tha Li School, and Ban Nam Seum School.
The success factor of “Nam Som Model” with its element and process can be summarized as follows.
Local community and schools recognize the importance of qualifying as a diamond health promotion school and are determined to promote the schools to become a diamond health promotion school.
The schools in the area (district) wanting to join ROZA Lovely Family Trip are grouped to organize workshops for both knowledge and inspiration by Regional Health Promotion Center 7 and Center 8 Udon Thani, Udon Thani Provincial Public Health Office, Nam Som District Public Health Office, Sub-district Health Promoting Hospital, and Nam Som Hospital so that schools participate to carry out practical school development, whereas the schools apply the knowledge gained from the workshops to the project by Regional Health Promotion Center 8 Udon Thani, and the local community agencies, including the mentoring schools, a diamond health promotion school, to visit, give knowledge, advice, and take a school readiness assessment test prior to assessment.
Regional Health Promotion Center 8 Udon Thani attends the school assessment based on the criteria of the diamond health promotion school.
From the determination of one of the thought leaders of the local community and cooperation of all related agencies, including the assistance of 2 mentoring schools in the district previously meeting the criteria, namely Ban Tha Som School and Ban Thung Thong School, this has resulted in Nam Som district to have 6 schools that meet the criteria as the diamond health promotion schools at the same time, which means the goal of making youths in the district stay healthy sustainably as a concrete result in a wider area.
The implementation steps of “Nam Som Model” have been proven to be workable, so it will be used as a prototype model in sustainable youth health development through the ROZA Lovely Family Trip by applying the acquired knowledge and expanding results to other areas, inspiring the communities to take part in the development of their own schools and local community. For diamond health promotion school, it is the criteria that helps to promote the sustainable health of students established by the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health. There is also a comprehensive campaign on health and environment with a close follow-up and clear criteria for measuring results, that is, required to meet the examination criteria of 19 indicators, which are standards that help enhance the quality in promoting student well-being leading to the development of people to have a good quality of life and to live in a happy society.
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