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132 students of the Santa Monica School receive the talk about the respiratory system and Cystic Fibrosis. The Respiralia Group continues to train children to take healthy habits.
The importance of healthy habits
The Respiralia Group wants to improve the environment of people with Cystic Fibrosis by training different groups in the adoption of healthy habits, within its awareness program. In this way, students from educational centers and young people from socio-educational projects participate in activities adapted to each age group.
Talk on the respiratory system and Cystic Fibrosis
This activity is focused on children between 10 and 14 years old. It starts with a review of the respiratory system and Cystic Fibrosis, and then talks about the things in our environment that damage this system and the consequences they entail. Finally, after a practical activity, students reflect on their current habits and whether they need to change them to improve their quality of life.
Healthy habits in childhood will be key to a better future
The intention of the Respiralia Group is to offer arguments to be able to make better decisions when the first invitations to bad vices arise. We put a lot of emphasis on the consequences of having a bad diet, smoking or taking drugs, so that when the occasion arises, they can remember the experience lived in our activities and decide for themselves whether or not they want to start these bad practices.
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.