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The Santísima Trinidad School of Sant Antoni de Portmany gets active in healthy habits with Respiralia.
PrevAction: Get active in healthy habits
The Cystic Fibrosis Balearic Association and the Respiralia Foundation launched the project “PrevAcción: Get active in healthy habits” in 2019. Thanks to this program, students feel firsthand the effects of falling into vices that are harmful to their health.
Human beings learn from experience
With this project, students put themselves in the shoes of a person with COPD due to smoking, a person with obesity due to poor diet, a person who is blind due to diabetes (excess sugar) and a person with amputation due to a traffic accident.
In this way, they learn what it is like to live 24 hours a day with shortness of breath, being overweight, unable to see or having to do daily activities physically impaired.
ONCE collaborates with the transfer of material to experience blindness in an obstacle course.
Prevention improves our health
Students who participate in this project have the basis to be able to choose whether or not to fall into vices such as smoking, taking drugs, leading a sedentary lifestyle and/or an unhealthy diet or driving under undesirable conditions.
3 Days Trail Ibiza as the engine of this activity
This activity is part of the event 3 Days Trail Ibiza, a race organized by the Trideporte Club. Thanks to the impulse of Silvia Cerdán, mother of a young girl with Cystic Fibrosis and participant of the race, and the generosity of Fátima Blázquez, this race has a solidarity component by allocating part of the profit obtained to the fight against Cystic Fibrosis of the Respiralia Group.
The great trail runner, Aroa Sío, participated in our activity and talked about healthy eating and her training routine to the students present.
Sant Antoni de Portmany
This municipality has been collaborating for years in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Its neighborhood has turned to this cause through fundraising in the World Championship d’Arroç de Matances, in a solidarity paella or in several editions of the race 3 Days Trail Ibiza, in addition to the grants that each year the City Council of Sant Antoni de Portmany gives to the Cystic Fibrosis Balearic Association, which allows us to offer these kind of activities to their students.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic, serious and degenerative disease that to date has no cure.
It mainly affects the respiratory, digestive, reproductive and sweat glands.
The treatment for Cystic Fibrosis includes antibiotherapy, a healthy and hypercaloric nutrition and respiratory physiotherapy combined with endurance exercises.
Currently, more than 2000 mutations are known in the gene that is defective in people with Cystic Fibrosis, although only about 150 mutations are described as causing the disease.
Statistics show that 1 in 5,000 people in Spain has Cystic Fibrosis (1 in 6,400 in the Balearic Islands) and 1 in 35 people is a carrier of a gene that causes the disease (1 in 40 in the Balearic Islands).
In the Balearic Islands there are 76 known diagnosed cases, but statistics speak of between 85 and 90 possible cases.
The awareness project of the Respiralia Foundation aims to raise awareness of this disease in order to discover those cases of people who have Cystic Fibrosis but have not yet been diagnosed.