Düsseldorf - 500 primary school children from the Rhineland took part in an author competition of "fear and courage" when visiting doctor. The contributions have now resulted in “encouragement book” with comics, stories and pictures, which will soon be on in the waiting rooms of Rhenish doctors' surgeries and hospitals.
In it, the children report on their experiences with the doctor and give to other girls and boys good advice. “You don't have to be afraid at the pediatrician, because the doctors just want us to stay healthy and become big and strong,” write the children of the Wendelinusstraße Catholic Primary School in Hürth-Berrenrath.
"Knowledge about health and illness as well as active participation of the patient in the treatment process has been shown to contribute to better treatment success, especially for chronic illnesses," said the President of the North Rhine Medical Association, Rudolf Henke at the presentation of the book. You should therefore practice an active patient role as early as kindergarten and school age.
The author's competition emerged from “”, prevention program in the Rhineland for school children between the ages of six and ten years. The Medical Association and the AOK have been promoting health promotion and health education in primary schools for thirteen years. Around 300 schools in the Rhineland are now including health topics such as “the human body”, “exercise and relaxation”, “food and nutrition”, “sex education” and “addiction prevention” in their normal lessons.
The medical association provides information on this Doctors as speakers for classes and for parents' evenings. The Chamber and AOK provide teaching materials and newsletters.