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Service Learning Experiences in the Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics


Community Practicum

  • Coordinator: Victoria Arija (victoria.arija@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Schools and civic centers in the city of Reus
  • Summary: This programme involves the design, preparation and implementation of activities to promote health at home and at school in the town of Reus. The students reflect on the need to educate the public in health matters and improve the quality of life of the general public. The programme's activities are put into practice in the classroom and then presented at various locations in Reus.

Optional Practicum

  • Coordinator: Rosa Solà (rosa.sola@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Schools and civic centers in the city of Reus
  • Summary: Fourth-year students on the Bachelor's Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and the Bachelor's Degree of Physiotherapy carried out various service learning activities with more than 4,000 boys and girls in schools and civic centres of Reus during the 2015-2016 academic year. Through these activities, the URV students learn how to transmit health information and therefore improve quality of life in the general population. All the activities are aimed at young people with the intention of preventing common health problems in the adult population such as obesity and lower back pain. During the students discuss specific topics such as healthy alternatives, the importance of healthy eating habits, which foods make up a healthy meal, and the correct postures when performing different daily activities. These activities have been carried out since the 2012-2013 academic year with the collaboration of the Reus City Council and various schools and civic centres in the city.
  • You can listen to the experience on Tarragona Radio.
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Final project - Health promotion at schools

  • Coordinator: Victoria Arija (victoria.arija@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Schools and civic centers in the city of Reus
  • Summary: After completing the course entitled "Community Practicum", students can choose to conduct a service learning final project on the promotion of health.
  • Coordinator: Rosa Solà (rosa.sola@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Schools and civic centers in the city of Reus
  • Summary: After completing the course entitled "Optional Practicum", students can choose to conduct a service learning final project on the promotion of health.

Final project - Project on eating habits

  • Coordinator: Núria Aranda Pons (nuria.aranda@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Tarragona Down Syndrome Association
  • Summary: This study arose from the 2nd edition of the initiative entitled the Social Projects Marketplace which was held in Tarragona. The project was carried out by a group of four students in the framework of their final project. The students collaborated with the association with the purpose of detecting and preventing eating problems and obesity. Nutritional education was provided for the members of the association and visual and tactile material will be created to help foster good eating habits. During the implementation of the project a high prevalence of overweight and obesity was detected in the group, in addition to a low quality in the diet and a sedentary behavior. The nutritional education program adapted to the group helped to improve the knowledge about healthy eating, measured through the evaluation of the different sessions. In addition, the material developed and used in each session will remain in the collaborating center, so that it can be used when educational staff, who were also present in the activity, believe it convenient.