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 Health
 India
Project #27166

Sensitize 15000 children to reduce salt in India

by George Institute for Global Health

Summary

Lifestyle diseases develop silently through our unconscious habits and behavior affecting our physical health and well-being in the long run. One such habit is eating high SALT in our daily diet. This behavior contributes to raised BP in children and young adults alike. In the long run, it causes chronic diseases, which is preventable if we take no more than 5 grams of salt a day! We are working to create awareness, prevention and treatment of top 10 causes of premature deaths and disability.
$41,657.00
total goal
$40,002.00
remaining
11
days

Challenge

Challenge is a continuous intake of high salt in diet raises BP in adults and children thus resulting in cardiac-related problems and many studies proved the linkage. Each one of us has to pay attention to reduce salt in our diets. Children should be made aware of the harmful effects of high salt use in diet as dietary habits are developed in childhood and can be quite difficult to modify later on in life. This would help them develop dietary practices that can prevent diseases later in life.

Solution

We are working on a salt reduction program with various people with the message of the health impact of high salt intake. As part of this program, we now intend to launch a pilot study reaching out to 15,000 school children in Delhi and Hyderabad to educate them about the harmful effects of high salt intake and the risk they run for contracting lifestyle diseases at a very young age. Through the shift in children's behavior we'll educate their family members to change their behavior.

Long-Term Impact

We are fighting habits that are deep rooted. A rigid lifestyle, lack of awareness and exposure to packaged products high in salt and available in market make the task difficult, but not impossible! The program will be able to show a marked difference between the situation before the intervention and after thus proving that reducing salt can make a difference to health outcomes. Educating children on the effects of high salt use and help them make healthy diet choices early in life is important.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.georgeinstitute.org.in
Salt in kids meals
Less salt please especially for children
reduce salt consumption and reduce stroke

Organization Information

George Institute for Global Health

Location: New Delhi, Delhi - India
Website: http:/​/​www.georgeinstitute.org.in
Project Leader:
Alpana Saha
New Delhi, Delhi India
March 2017 Accelerator
Donations: $1,655 raised ($5,000 needed)
 
Donors: 30 (40 needed)
 
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