FIT -FEET Collaborate With Rotary Club & AFND

Background of the project:

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. The risk of chronic complications such as eye involvement, renal, cardiovascular and diabetic food and also cause to impose heavy economic burden on the health system. Amongst this, different types of foot problems such as ulcer and infectious are common and shown increase trend. In India, especially Chennai, the prevalence of diabetes and its foot complication is significantly high and it’s projected to increase in forthcoming years. Studies have clearly demonstrated that a healthy balanced diet include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, low-fat dairy products, and healthy meats such as fish works to strengthen the body and provide it with energy and vitality, as well as protect it from various diseases, to be capable of bearing the burdens of daily life without fatigue or exhaustion. With this background, the present study was proposed to conduct awareness campaign among adults in Chennai.

Aim: To impart education and awareness campaign emphasizing importance of diabetes, care of diabetes, foot care practice and food habits (focusing on antioxidants and macro nutrients) among teachers working in Schools across Chennai. In order to address the above aim, the study had following objectives

In order to address the above aim, the study had following objectives.

Objectives:

  • To assess the level of awareness and knowledge on diabetes, care of diabetes, foot care practice and food habits
  • To educate the teachers, both individually and as group on importance of diabetes, care of diabetes, foot care practice and food habits
  • To assess their level of knowledge immediately after the education.
  • To examine the difference in the pre and post assessment and evaluate the effectiveness of education.

Health Education Campaign Method:

  • One-on-Counseling
  • Group Education
    • Step 1: A simple one-page validated questionnaire will be distributed to assess their current level of knowledge about diabetes, care of diabetes, foot care practice and food habits and post to that education/and awareness campaign will be initiated.
    • Following the questionnaire, each patient will receive face-to-face health education regarding self-care (Individual and group health).
      • This included advice for diet, exercise and regular medication and blood glucose checking.
      • A ten-point education specific to diabetic foot care was also given.
      • Handouts to teacher’s healthy foot care that includes diabetes care and prevention guidelines emphasizing on health food as well the importance of eating healthy food regularly and turning it into a sustainable daily routine also been emphasized The campaign also seeks to encourage the preparation of healthy homemade foods in the process to gain knowledge of healthy and balanced foods as well as how to prepare them, at an early age, so as to become one of their healthy habits.
    • Awareness regarding diabetes, care of diabetes and foot care practice ware assessed and scored.
  • Total Time: Individual Education: The total time allotted for the individual education session was 5-6 min.
  • Group education: By flipchart display and demonstration regarding foot cleaning, drying and foot examination was also done by nursing/Nutritionist students for all patients.

3. Expected outcome:

Increase the level of awareness and education to result in healthy habits formation which may prevent disability and reduce medical expenditure in the long run.

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