School-age hearing screening is an integral tool in identifying children with hearing loss who were not identified at birth, lost to follow-up, or who develop hearing loss later in life. Without routine hearing screenings in schools, students with unilateral, less severe or late onset hearing loss may not be identified or may be misdiagnosed and managed. Undetected hearing loss may result in learning, behavioural or speech and language difficulties.
School Nurse Helen Provan and Dietician Nicole Walker have teamed up to make a positive impact on the health of young people in British forces Cyprus.
Helen and Nicole recently rewrote the National Child Measurement Program (NCMP) Policy for British Forces Cyprus and made some bold changes to the way in which they follow up our overweight/obese young people, therefore it was time to head to the classrooms to visit the year six pupils at Dhekelia Primary School.
Dhekelia Primary School is a healthy school with many ongoing initiatives to encourage pupils to increase their exercise and improve their diet. They have recently completely the 'Healthy Me' program which is a 6 week package to improve health, diet and exercise throughout the school community.
The students welcomed Helen and Nicole to their school and enjoyed showing them the geography immersion room. The team ran through the children's' jungle' to carry out year six's measurements. The team feel they are making positive steps by assisting Public health England with their 2017 plan to significantly reduce the rates of childhood obesity over the next ten years.
Helen Provan, School Nurse.
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Over two hot days in June some unusual activity was taking place at 31 Tyrone Street in Episkopi. If you dared to look closely you would see that the place had been transformed into a 'horrible hazardous house'.
Akrotiri and Episkopi primary schools collaborated to create two 'Risk Days' as part of their year six pupils transition to secondary school. The School Nurses, Children's Nurses and Fire Service created the 'horrible hazardous house' as a learning tool to highlight potential dangers within the home, to teach the children fire safety and how to extinguish a fire. Children were also taught about heat exhaustion, the index factor and skin cancer.
For two days students visited the horrible hazardous house and used fire extinguishers to put out live fires to experience a simulation of a real house fire. They also played sun safety card games, made posters and searched the house to identify the 9 most common accidents that take place within the home.
Hosting the risk days was an absolute pleasure and a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the wider community; working together for a safer future.
Helen Provan, School Nurse.
Childhood obesity is considered one of the most serious global health challenges in the 21st century.
SSAFA's School Nurse Helen Provan and Dietician Nicole walker were invited to deliver a lesson all about food labelling and sugar content in food to the pupils of King Richard's School. The school is dedicated to providing their pupils with the knowledge and tools to have the best possible outcomes for their physical and mental health.
Nicole is from New Zealand and has only been with us in BFC for a relatively short period of time, therefore she embraced the opportunity to teach year 8 pupils for the first time.
The pupils took part in a series of activities including a card game, a digestion puzzle, a presentation on food labelling and an electronic quiz. The feedback collected from the pupils was extremely positive. They all explained that they had enjoyed the lesson and found it very interesting. Many of them were very surprised to discover that some food such as baked beans contain more sugar than a chocolate biscuit.
Nicole enjoyed her first visit to King Richard and the school were very appreciative of her time and expertise.
Words: Helen Provan.