A new system has been introduced that will help to tackle the obesity and ill health in school children, as well as educating them on the importance of being in good physical health. Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) have signed an agreement to implement the new system across schools in Dubai. Pupils in Dubai will now be subject to a new fitness regime, that is set to increase physical exercise to 150 minutes (two and a half hours) each week.
Director General of DHA, Humaid Al Qutami, said “School health is undoubtedly an important focus, we recently launched the Dubai School Health Policy after extensive consultation and feedback with various stakeholders including the KHDA. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with KHDA with the common goal of implementing this policy that will unify several school health practices.It will lay the foundation for schools to adhere to certain standards to ensure physical, emotional, social and psychological well-being of school children.”