India is at a threshold of an 'outbreak' of obesity, specifically in urban cities in India. Obese children and adolescents are at an
increased risk for the development of early-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and coronary heart disease (CHD), more
so in urban Indian cities. This phenomenon is accelerated by nutritional westernization and sedentary lifestyle. Unless preventive
measures are taken, obese and insulin resistant children will get affected with T2DM and CHD in young adulthood. The study
aimed at creating awareness among children, teachers and parents about nutrition and lifestyle behaviors. It focused on the
primary prevention of obesity and inculcation of healthy diet and lifestyle practices in urban Asian Indian children who have
been shown to be at high risk for future development of T2DM and CHD. Schoolchildren from 10 Private schools of Vadodara
city were targeted over a period of two years. Health education and awareness program was directed for the students, teachers
and parents. The paper focuses on the packages used over the 2 year programme to enhance awareness of the non-communicable
diseases and behavior changes in their lifestyle.
This study was supported by Diabetes Foundation of India and UGC DSA SAPII of FND, MSU Baroda.
Vanisha Nambiar, Principal Investigator, Project ?MARG?-Vadodara, Assistant Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, A WHO Collaborating
Center for health Promotion, General Secretary, Indian Dietetic Association, Gujarat Chapter, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara 390 002 ? India.
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