BMC films to teach kids about diabetes

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 30 November 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The civic administration will soon release two short films, including an animation film targeted at schoolchildren, in order to highlight the problem of diabetes and obesity in society.

As a part of its anti-diabetes drive, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation recently tested 12,695 Mumbaikars at 92 camps to check blood sugar across the city. "At these camps which were conducted on November 14 and 15, we found that 773 people had abnormal sugar levels," said Dr Daksha Shah, who is in charge of the municipal corporation's non-communicable diseases programme. "We've asked them to undergo further tests."

Although the civic body's drive showed a 6% prevalence of diabetes in the city, other studies have pegged it at 10% along with another 15% who are in the pre-diabetes stage. "As statistics show that 60% of the deaths occur due to non-communicable diseases, it is important to educate people about the problems of obesity and diabetes," said Dr Shah. The BMC increased its diabetes clinics from 55 to 80 this year.

The BMC has tied up with a non-governmental organization, Little More, to make a two-minute film highlighting how women ignore their health and develop lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. "People should at least exercise 150 minutes a week while children should play an hour every day to stay fit," said Dr Shah, explaining the reason for focusing the second film on children.

Through the year, BMC will carry out a campaign, 'Swasthya Main Hai Swaad' focusing on twin themes of healthy eating and exercise to keep diabetes away. BMC's health department has also sent a booklet with 20 health recipes to all city schools. Other plans include introduction of yoga sessions for diabetes patients, street plays to highlight problems like hypertension and obesity.

People should at least exercise 150 minutes a week while children should play an hour every day to stay fit

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