Immunisation as a health promotion opportunity
Partnering with Public Health Unit and immunisation nurses the Thirsty? Choose water! project aims to raise students awareness and discussion around sugar sweetened drinks. The project will target Year 7 students during the 10-15 minute waiting time in the second round of scheduled Immunisations in 2018.
Classroom lessons in PDHPE are being offered to all year 7 students around this time to reinforce the message that the students are receiving at Immunisation. Only offered to the schools in Group 1 & 3 of the research (10 schools in each area).
Immunisation Nurse Survey
Why is Health Promotion interested?
- Drinking sugar sweetened drinks (SSD), contributes to health issues including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and oral health problems.
- Premiers Priority is to reduce overweight and obesity rates of children by 5% by 2025.
- Reducing SSD is a single modifiable behaviour.
- Drinking tap water is free, good for environment and a positive message
- 5% increase in the proportion of year 7 students drinking 5 or more cups of water per day. Measured by water flow meters.
- Changes in students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviour regarding water consumption, SSDs
- Changes in the school environment eg promotion of water messages, reduced access to SSDs