Physical and mental health are interrelated. Both are critical for overall well-being of an individual. It is discovered that poor physical health can significantly increase the risk of poor mental health and vice versa.
According to WHO, the recommended levels of physical activity for children aged 5-17 include competitive sports, recreational activities, planned exercise periods in school, house and community. In order to improve the cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, cardiovascular and metabolic health biomarkers:
Children and youth aged 5-17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.
The amount of physical activity greater than 60 minutes provides additional health benefits.
Most of the daily physical activity should be aerobic. Vigorous-intensity activities should be incorporated including those that strengthen muscle and bone, at least 3 times per week.
The physical health of children should be assessed regularly to identify any possible health risks. Along with this the mental health of students is also important, good mental health allows children to learn healthy social skills and encourages them to achieve key milestones. Children are extremely vulnerable to anxiety, behavior disorder, depression, mood disorders if their mental health is not looked after. Thus, schooling is vital for the development of a child, as the teacher plays a key role in identifying if the child is at risk of any physical or mental disorders.
Health screening programs at regular intervals to assess the certain aspects of physical health. General assessments include weight, body mass index (BMI), head to toe assessments
Support the school with basic first aid kit
Support the school with the sports materials and ensure the equal participation of all the students
Organize community sports program
Conduct awareness programs for mental health
Psychological counseling for the primary, secondary, higher secondary student.
There is still low access to quality schooling, learning opportunities, and safe environments in rural Nepal. Different projects undertaken by MAMI Foundation can help children and their families to explore different opportunities to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth by increasing their chance for better employment through education. Your contribution to the MAMI Foundation will support the education and healthcare of rural and underprivileged children (especially girls) in remote areas of Nepal.