Preventive Measures taken in HHHS

March 2019

The Health Club Announcement

HHHS has been considered a pioneer in health care as it has always offered preventive as well as educational health services to all the school community. Bearing this in mind, HHHS Nursing Departments proudly launch “The HEALTH CLUB”, which contributes to the improvement of the health and the well-being of the school community through enhancing the sense of responsibility among learners, staff members and parents implementing school policies and practices that support health.

School Health Advisors “Ohoud Afara & Hala Shaddad”


19 February 2019

تأثير الهواتف الذّكيّة والأجهزة الإلكترونيّة الحديثة على الصّحّة والتّعلّم

     من الملاحظ أنّ الأجهزة الإلكترونيّة، ومنها الهواتف الذّكيّة واللّوحات التّفاعليّة وأجهزة الكمبيوتر وغيرها، لها تأثيرات سلبيّة كثيرة على صحّة متعلّمينا بسبب الإشعاعات والإضاءة والسّهر لساعات متأخّرة من اللّيل أمام هذه الأجهزة. وهذه الأضرار لا تنحصر فقط بالصّحّة الجسديّة وإنّما تتعدّاها إلى عمليّة التّعلّم. ومن هذه الإنعكاسات السّلبيّة نذكر: قلّة التّركيز، انخفاض النّشاط الذّهنيّ، إجهاد العينين، زيادة العصبيّة والتّوتر والقلق، الصّداع، التّعب والإرهاق، وغيرها الكثير

لتفادي كلّ هذه المشاكل الصّحيّة والأضرار التّعلّميّة ولزيادة قدرات متعلّمينا المعرفيّة ولتحقيق أفضل النّتائج, كان لقسم الصحّة دورٌ في نشر التّوعيّة الصّحيّة للمتعلّمين وذلك من خلال نشر مطّويّتين صحّيّتين عن الأضرار الصّحيّة النّاتجة عن الاستعمال الخاطئ للهواتف الذّكيّة خاصّة والأجهزة الإلكترونية بشكل عامّ, بالإضافة إلى تأثيرات السّهر المضرّة على الصّحّة

                 عهود عفارة                                                    

(المرشدة الصّحّيّة في قسمي الثّانوي والمتوسط)


12 February 2019

The Vitamin D Challenge

Getting necessary amount of vitamin D can be challenging particularly during the winter season when sunlight and daylight hours diminish, taking into consideration that the human body can produce it in the skin when exposed to sunlight, namely the ultraviolet radiation UVB. Vitamin D, also called Calciferol, is one of the four fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) stored in body tissues and is considered the only vitamin that can be synthesized by the human body. Other sources include dietary supplements and food that help to top up vitamin D levels such as fortified milk, fortified cereals, fatty fish, cod-liver oil, mushrooms, and egg yolk. Vitamin D helps to keep bones, muscles and teeth healthy, and without vitamin D, it would be difficult to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the body. Besides, vitamin D plays a crucial role in increasing the cognitive and thinking ability, and a severe lack of the vitamin may cause fatigue, malaise and generalized muscular and bone pain; it may even lead to bone deformities that may imitate the learners’ knowledge during school time.

In order to spread awareness about vitamin D deficiency at our school, HHHS Nursing Department in the cooperation with the biology department conducted an educative session under the title of “The Vitamin D Challenge” to all grade twelve SE learners, who found the topic of great importance since it’s related to their Biology lesson. The overall goal of the session was to promote students’ healthy lifestyles through reducing risks of illness and fatigue especially during school time and to enhance their knowledge about vitamin D deficiency, its symptoms, the health risks, toxicity, possible treatment and major tips for its prevention. Besides, a detailed brochure was distributed to all students in order to create more awareness about the risk of vitamin D deficiency and to help them adopt healthy living strategies and dietary sources to cut down this risk.

We do hope that our students would take our health recommendations into utmost consideration in order to avoid the lack of vitamin D, and to regularly see their family doctors to inform them about the amount of vitamin D they need to take, the need for supplements and the need for vitamin D level measurement in blood if they were at high risk. Let’s all say NO to vitamin D deficiency and stay HEALTHY.

Mrs. Ohoud Afara ~ Middle and Secondary School Registered Nurse

Mrs. Jana Abou Orm ~ Biology Coordinator




20 December 2018

“Let’s Boost Our Immune System”

As a step to boost our learner’s immune system, which does a towering job in defending their bodies against disease-causing microorganisms, an educative session under the title of “Let’s Boost Our Immunity” was conducted to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders in the Middle School Division. The overall goal was to promote students’ healthy lifestyles through reducing risks of illness especially during school time in an attempt to develop their immunity and diminish absenteeism from school. This session has enhanced our learners’ knowledge and taught them some significant tips on how to strengthen immunity and fight diseases, adopt healthy living strategies, improve their diets, check what is best for them with their family doctor and to let HEALTH be their choice during the New Year festive seasons of their lives!  Moreover, educational handouts were distributed to raise the awareness of students about the tips of developing immunity in order to decrease the risk of illness especially the flu. In addition, HHHS Nursing Department, in collaboration with the biology department, has organized several activities at the middle school division such as creating posters and decorating bulletins in an attempt to let the school community know what the signs of weakened immune system are, how to boost immune system naturally and how to prevent diseases by following nursing education.

Ohoud Afara ~ Middle and Secondary School Registered Nurse

Mrs. Jana Abou Orm ~ Biology Coordinator


14 November 2018

Unite for Diabetes!

Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease that affects approximately 12 million people around the globe, and seven out of the twelve million people with diabetes have been diagnosed. Since World Diabetes Day draws attention on issues of great importance on the disease and keeps spotlight on diabetics in the community, and due to the presence of severe and life-threatening complications resulting from diabetes, HHHS Nursing Department, in the collaboration with the Biology Coordinator, has organized an activity for all 11th scientific graders through creating a unity circle and wearing blue to show the logo of Diabetes Mellitus in an attempt to prevent and control diabetes for life. Moreover, an informative session under the title “Diabetes Mellitus Awareness” was conducted to these students in the Secondary Division. The overall goal of this session was to provide students with the updated knowledge about pathology, epidemiology, etiology, types, signs, treatment (exogenous insulin, oral hypoglycemic agents), and complications of Diabetes Mellitus. Following these instructions, an educational handouts were distributed to enable learners reduce the risk of short and long health effects of Diabetes Mellitus on themselves and others. In fact, such interactive school-based activities would create awareness about diabetes among adolescents and adults. As a sympathetic action towards diabetics, memorial photos were taken with the frame designed for diabetes awareness, and blue balloon decorations and leaflets were posted at Middle School and Secondary cafeterias, all arranged by grade eleven scientific students in the collaboration with Biology Department. Moreover, diet and diabetic food was sold to make November 14 an indelible awareness event in our learners’ lives and to show them the role of nutrition management and prevention of Diabetes Mellitus. Towards the end of November, we can’t but bestow sincere thanks to HHHS community that showed utmost encouragement, engagement and collaboration to make this event brilliantly successful and fruitful.

Ohoud afara ~ Middle and Secondary School Registered Nurse

Mrs. Jana Abou Orm ~ Biology Coordinator


29 October 2018

Early Detection is the Best Protection against Breast Cancer

October is the World Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In October, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organizations has been held to raise awareness against breast cancer and to highlight the importance of breast cancer education and research.

In an attempt to raise awareness about breast cancer at our school, HHHS Nursing Department in the collaboration with the biology coordinator, Mrs. Jana Abou Orm, has organized several activities to all teachers and seniors, some of which are wearing pink, taking memorial photos, distributing posters in the middle and secondary school, and decorating bulletins of pink balloons representing breast CA symbol, in an attempt to help the school community detect, prevent and control it for life. In addition, grade eight French system learners in the collaboration with Mrs. Diana Saleh and Miss. Eliane Sahyouni have organized a purposeful fundraising event donated to a breast cancer rival employee at HHHS who has been undergoing a chemotherapy treatment. Besides, in an attempt to raise students’ awareness, pink ribbons that were done by grade 9 students: Tala Jardali, Tala Saka, and Diala Mordaa under the supervision and collaboration of Miss Rania Hage Ibrahim and Mrs. Nagham Issa were distributed to all middle school students. Moreover, the French program students in the collaboration with Mrs. Aisha Bakkar and by the organization of the delegate Shaymaa El Mallah have prepared and sold pink bracelets and wristbands quoting “Fight; you are strong!” for middle and high school students and the money was donated was well. Since early detection is the best protection against breast cancer, an informative brochure about the detection of breast CA, the importance of early detection in the cure, the risk factors contributing to it, its self-assessment and examination, symptoms, diagnoses, screening and the treatment of Breast CA was distributed to all classrooms and female staff, teachers, administrators and directors at HHHS.

At the end of the day, trophies arranged by Mrs. Ohoud Afara, Mrs. Jana Abu Orm, Mr. Rabie Al Ali and Mrs. Aisha Bakar have been given to the middle, secondary and general school directors. The goal was to show the significance of this event and to remind all HHHS Staff about the importance of the early detection and the regular follow- up care for investigations especially if there were a family history. Towards the end of October, we can’t but bestow special thanks to everyone: directors, advisors, staff members, seniors, and students for their collaborative efforts to make this event purely humanitarian and wonderfully successful. May God preserve our school community from illnesses!

Mrs. Ohoud Afara ~ Middle and Secondary School Registered Nurse

Mrs. Jana Abou Orm ~ Biology Coordinator


11 October 2018

Treat Obesity Now and Avoid the Consequences Later

It’s the world obesity day! October 11th is a global awareness event that happens annually to make obesity a globally recognized health issue. The main goals of the day are promoting solutions to the obesity crisis, raising awareness, supporting advocacy, and improving policy around the issue of treating and preventing obesity. Bearing this in mind, informative sessions under the title of “Treat Obesity Now and Avoid the Consequences Later” were conducted to all 6th and 9th graders in the Middle School Division. In addition, 11th graders had the opportunity to attend a similar lecture done by our HHHS Alumni, the physician Miss Yara Khalifeh. The overall goal of these sessions was not only to enhance our students’ knowledge on how to reduce, treat, and prevent obesity but also to make the early interventions to improve the success of the treatment. Besides, our learners learned about some support practical solutions that help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight, prevent eating disorders and know how to calculate body mass index. Following these tips would enable students to understand the impact of obesity on health as it is responsible for a number of illnesses including diabetes, liver disease, heart disease and many types of cancer. Moreover, educational handouts and posters were posted in order to raise students’ awareness about the consequences of obesity.

Ohoud afara ~ Middle and Secondary School Registered Nurse

Mrs. Jana Abou Orm ~ Biology Coordinator


Life on Time!

26 March 2018

At HHHS, we aspire that both our teachers and learners experience lots of life’s precious moments. Bearing this in mind, the school nurse conducted several informative sessions under the title of “Life on Time” to all teachers and students in the Middle and Secondary School Divisions. Training both teachers and students on First Aid, which can truly make a difference in a patient’s life, was the ultimate goal of these sessions that would help manage some of the medical emergencies, save one’s life, prevent further complications of an injury and promote recovery.

The teachers and the students benefited a lot from these sessions as they watched various educational videos about Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR, chocking and seizure that made them describe the importance of CPR and its impact on survival, the significance of an Automated external defibrillator AED, and the technique of relief of foreign- body airway obstruction. Moreover, they taught both teachers and students how to assess a situation, ensure safety, call emergency medical services, and deal with various emergencies and injuries like allergic reactions, seizures, burns, bleeding, broken bones and sprains.

Throughout the sessions, dazzling brochures about First Aid were distributed to show the procedures taken in case of fainting and sudden cardiac arrest. The major objective behind these sessions was to promote an enlightened community that encourages teachers and students to become prepared citizens, strong participants, and knowledgeable individuals that can better the society they live in.

Ohoud Afara

Middle and Secondary School Registered Nurse









Love Being a Diabetic

14 November 2017

November is the World Diabetes Awareness Month! On November 14, the World Diabetes Day takes place annually to mark the birthday of insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting. In an attempt to raise awareness about diabetes at our school, HHHS Nursing Department shares the letter of our Type One Diabetic heroine, Mira Yamani, who has decided to courageously confront her community by writing the following letter and posting it on the school website in order to transmit the power and courage she has gained among all the readers. “I am Mira Yamani, a 12th grader at HHHS. I was diagnosed with diabetes at an early age; I was asked a lot about the reason for injecting myself with insulin. I don’t like people to consider diabetics as “disabled” or “retarded.” During my journey, my mom was very supportive since she realized that she couldn’t change the fact of me being diabetic, but she can change how she lets diabetes influence my life. Due to her support, I realized that I’ve become stronger than before just because I am diabetic! This year, I will be graduating from the high school with a degree that would reflect my progress not only on the academic level but also on the social one. Towards the end, I would like to tell you that Illness doesn’t define you, but your strength and power does.” Hope this inspiring letter touches all people who would underestimate the potentials of diabetics and start viewing them as normal people just as Mira does. Since the cure starts with awareness, educational handouts were distributed to high and middle school diabetic learners who wrote their wishes and pieces of advice for others.

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Middle School – 23 October 2017

To pave the way for healthy choices at our school and to reduce the risk of illness during our learners’ academic year, an informative session under the title of “LET’S STAY HEALTHY” was conducted to all 6th graders in the Middle School Division. The overall goal of this session was to promote our students’ healthy lifestyles through reducing risks of short and long-term health complications and illnesses especially during school time in an attempt to diminish absenteeism from the school. This educational session has enhanced our learners’ knowledge about some of the necessary healthy tips related to various topics including nutrition and taught them the proper hand washing technique, the sneezing etiquette, the major procedures for managing stress, the appropriate outfit worn in different climate conditions and the suitable hygiene in addition to the importance of getting plenty of sleep, drinking water daily and brushing teeth regularly. Following these tips would enable the students to understand the impact of frequent handwashing and usage of hygienic hand disinfectant on the human health. Moreover, educational handouts were distributed, and posters were posted everywhere in the Middle and Secondary School buildings in order to reduce the risk of catching germs after playing or eating during the recesses. Ohoud Afara Middle and Secondary School Registered Nurse



AED Protects the Lives of HHHS Youngsters and Athletes

19 Sep 2017

Sudden cardiac arrest can be the first vivid symptom of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy disease in youngsters especially the athletes. Our school aims at raising awareness regarding cardiac risk among the youth. Dr. Mona Othman El Hage, who lost her son due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, once said, “With heart screening and better preparedness in the sport fields, we can protect the lives of young athletes and give them another chance to live longer and healthier.” To help prevent this serious problem from happening, it has been necessary to advocate for cardiac screening that was conducted at our school during the previous years by Champ’s Fund, a charitable fund department of Family Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. Moreover, HHHS has provided its registered nurses with the opportunity to attend workshops about First Aid Training & Basic Life Support that were held by the Order of Nurses and AUBMC given by Champ’s Fund. Since the health and security of our students matter, Makassed Islamic Philanthropic Association has also provided HHHS with an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), which can be used in case our pupils are predisposed to sudden cardiac arrest due to several heart disorders including structural, congenital or any rhythm abnormality. It offers them a chance for survival by analyzing the rhythm and shocking the heart when necessary. In fact, we are more than privileged to be the first school in the region to own this machine.

Ohoud Afara Middle and Secondary School Registered Nurse



Preventive Health Measures taken in HHHS

February 29, 2016

Young people, especially athletes are at risk of sudden cardiac death, and the loss of a young teenager is devastating. Based on that, our school was aware of this serious issue and took a step to invite Champ’s Fund, a charitable fund department of Family Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, demonstrated by Dr. Mona Othman Al Hage. Actually, we were pleased by working with her,  for she showed generous collaboration through many cardiac screening sessions under the heading of “Young Hearts & Athletes Health ” addressed to our students in the middle and secondary schools. Students were examined, focusing on several heart conditions that can predispose them to sudden cardiac death; these include structural problems in the heart (such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), heart rhythm abnormalities (such as long QT syndrome), or congenital anomalies. A Diagnostic Report Sheet will be provided for each student to inform parents about their cardiac health and to raise awareness on the importance of regular heart investigations.










Safety Health Precautions Measures Taken in HHHS


11 Jan, 2010

An effort incorporating safety health precautions was mounted at Houssam Eddine Hariri High School and this time was to raise awareness among our students and teachers about the causes of epilepsy and seizures, their possible development, and how to cope with their disorders and consequences. Besides, an informative presentation session was organized by the School Health Department and instructive handouts were distributed.

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Awareness Sessions About Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension For staff members and learners

Academic year 2012-2013

Since we believe that education is the key for empowering our school staff and community members, an informative educational session about diabetes mellitus and hypertension was presented to all school drivers, who are diagnosed with these illnesses. In fact, the presence of healthy unstressed drivers would absolutely ensure the safety of our students and contribute to the welfare of the school community. Our middle school students also had the opportunity to attend a similar lecture that provided them with ongoing knowledge about hypertension, self-management skills and lifestyle modifications. The overall goal of this session is to promote a better quality of life for our students through improving outcomes, enhancing students’ life styles and reducing risks of short and long-term health complications.

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