Dr. Manuel J. RODRÍGUEZ

All@once: An interdisciplinary transgenerational education for a healthier childhood and lifestyle

According to 2014 WHO report, evidence shows that preventive approaches contributed between 50 and 75% to the reduction of cardiovascular diseases mortality in high-income countries and up to 78% globally. Acknowledging that learning healthy habits at a young age is crucial for living a fulfilling lifestyle as senior citizens, we have tackled training of teachers of children aged 3-6.
All@once is a project that aims at providing training courses to educational professionals from a holistic comprehension of health. Experts and end-users defined our course content and format following a co-creation methodology. Health-care professionals, pre-school teachers, and parents from five different public schools in Barcelona (Spain) provided information about their day-to–day interaction with children regarding health habits and concerns, hygiene and nutrition, and problems encountered and solutions provided. These co-creation sessions provided a disruptive vision of health that gathers the more classical part of its definition, (i.e. training on nutrition active lifestyle, sport and health, and security) with aspects such as training on managing emotions, education on a conscious citizenship and information on mental health wellbeing. Teachers from four schools in Barcelona participated in a pilot test to assess the influence of the training in their teaching strategies and in the everyday work at the schools. We generated ad–hoc the assessment instruments following a multi-methodological strategy, including nonparticipant observation and focus groups of selected kids, parents and teachers. We found that All@once led to changes in the classroom activities and modified the kids’ diet, everyday hygiene routines and wellbeing.

Dr. Manuel J. RODRÍGUEZ, PhD

SYMPOSIUM PRESENTER

Associate professor
Institute of Neurosciences
Dept. Biomedical Sciences
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Universitat de Barcelona

 

SPAIN
marodriguez@ub.edu

 

Dr. Manuel J. Rodríguez, PhD in Biochemistry. Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Universitat de Barcelona and member of the research team in “Pathophysiology and Treatment of neurodegenerative disorders” in the Biomedical Research institute August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), in which he has his own line of research. Dr. Rodriguez conducts research into simplified models of CNS neurodegeneration to better understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative processes in humans. During the last 3 years he is focused in the study of the synaptic dysfunction processes present in Huntington’s disease. He has published several articles in peer-review Q1 and Q2 international journals. Dr. Rodríguez is also interested in the research of innovative methods for teaching Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the field of biomedicine and in health promotion and dissemination. He has participated in four innovation projects, including the pilot project to implement the official virtual learning platform and its program for professors training at the Universitat de Barcelona. Finally he took part in an international European interdisciplinary project for the design and implementation of a course for teachers’ training on health promotion.