The objective of the activity was to reach out to the community at its root level by increasing the awareness in the very young i.e 10-14 years old and their parents. To aprise them of the burgeoning epidemic of diabetes and to educate and aprise them of the importance and ways of achieving the life style change to stem the tide of this tsunami.
Dr. Musarrat Iqbal and her team of Diabetes Educators (D.Es) and doctors arranged the first program of this innovation, possibly first one of its kind in the country at the Beacon House Primary Branch at F – 11, with the cooperation and support of its principal Mrs. Salma Haroon. 8 – 10 station of anthropometric measurement that is waist, hip, BMI were recorded on specially designed performa and growth chart by a dedicated team of 18 volunteers from pharma industry.
2 cartoon character woody and Duck, one depicting a healthy active person, and the other a sedentary couch potato, provided the children both with comic relief and with clear prototype to follow.
The students of class III and IV came in a disciplined manner class by class and had their anthropometric measurement done. Following this all the children gathered in the main hall of school where a lively, energetic session on healthy eating was conducted by Dr Amna Arshad, Dr Naveed. The children participated very enthusiastically in this activity.
This was followed by a prize distribution ceremony in which 6 children three (3) each from class III and IV were given prize by Dr Saleem Qureshi for the best poster on the theme of healthy living.
The main program for the parent started at about 11:30, with a brief overview on the Diabetes Prevalence and scope of the problem by Prof Dr Saleem Qureshi. This was then followed by main presentation by Mr. Bahadur Khan, an executive chef at Serena Hotel. He gave a live demonstration on healthy Breakfast and Snacks by preparing food in front of very appreciative audience.
This session was repeated for the parents of class IV students. The session was conducted by Dr Musarrat Iqbal who handled some very active and pertinent question by the mothers and Mr. Bahadur who again practically demonstrated the healthy recipes. The event concluded by a tea served by the School. A video recording of the activity was also made.