He Stay Healthy project, promoted by the Quirónsalud Foundationarrives this week for the first time in the city, at five educational centers with the aim of promoting healthier lifestyle habits among a total of 600 adolescents through various workshops focused on the seven themes addressed by the program.

Specifically, it is about nutritionmental health, addictions to substances and new technologies, sleep, COVID-19, physical exercise and, very soon, health and the environment.

The Stay Healthy project has started this Monday at the IES Professor Pablo de la Saz and will travel throughout the week to IES Guadaiza, IES Río Verde, Colegio Francisco Echamendi and Colegio María Auxiliadora II.

Created in 2018, this innovative proposal, which allows the Group’s health professionals to take their vocation outside of the healthcare field and become direct transmitters of rigorous informationwill work actively and playfully with adolescents in achieving healthy habits thanks to the participation of several health professionals from Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella, they have indicated in a statement.

Since its launch, Stay Healthy has had the participation of more than 80,000 students between the face-to-face sessions and the sessions carried out through the Virtual Classroom, launched as a result of the pandemic.

Thus, through both channels, the Quirónsalud Foundation transfers to the classrooms a large amount of teaching material in a dynamic format and a language adapted to adolescents, raising awareness about the importance of the decisions they make in their day-to-day lives and how these affect their long-term health.

Among the various topics that will be addressed in the workshops, addictions to new technologies are especially relevant for trainers since, according to a UNICEF study, up to 15% of adolescents have severe symptoms of anxiety or depression caused by the impact of social networks on their lives.

A problem highly correlated with substance addiction, another of the challenges addressed by the Stay Healthy teaching guide in such a way that young people can obtain aa more rigorous view of the consequences of tobacco or alcohol consumption and acquire tools to avoid these harmful habits in their day to day.

Mental health is equally related to these two problems and, for this reason, the Quirónsalud Foundation also includes in its Stay Healthy program a unit aimed at understand the importance of caring for emotional well-being and pay attention to the main symptoms to avoid harmful attitudes. This directly involves nutrition, a great ally to promote healthier habits that will also be addressed in the workshops that will take place in Marbella throughout the week.

“Through Stay Healthy we manage to reach all those classrooms where they need us to shed light on a topic as crucial as health. As part of this sector, we strive to improve people’s quality of life and we want to offer our medical knowledge in a vital stage as key to adult life as adolescence,” said Teresa Álvarez Perdices, Director of Social Responsibility Corporate (CSR) and Manager of the Quirónsalud Foundation.

He also added that “we are very proud of the involvement of health professionals and educational centers that, like us, are willing to take sides for the health of future generations”.

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