Evangelical Social Action Forum

Evangelical Social Action Forum

Measuring Uptake in Healthy Habits Among Youth (India)

Levels of diabetes, hypertension and obesity rates among adolescents are causing concern in India1, and an alcohol ban in Kerala from 2014 to 2017 led to increased use of cannabis and other drug use2

To combat these threat were are forming 20 youth groups drawn from the neediest in society in five cities in Kerala who will use their phones to record their food habits and daily steps, those without phones recording their details in a registry. The work will be extended through 54 Baljyothi Study Centres to 1600 school students aged 6-15, and we will identify trainers from among them to spread the training more widely in the community. 

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1. Singh Sunitha, Gopalkrishna Gururaj, 2014, Health behaviours & problems among young people in India: Cause for concern & call for action Indian Journal of  Medical  Research 140(2): 185–208 available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4216492/ . Accessed 28 April 2021

2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-40213562