Name of the activity: Bony

Country/NMO: India (MSAI)

Program: Healthy Lifestyles & Non-Communicable Diseases

Contact information: [email protected]

Type of the activity: Education. Education on health issues for specific societal groups, either in the form of projects (set of tasks for a certain group over a fixed period of time), events (something notable that happens) or conferences (form meeting about ideas related to a particular topic, usually over several days).

General description:

Bony is an awareness event designed to stress on the importance of good bone health among young children. The target population includes young children ( 7-12 years old) and middle aged women.

The young children learn about the skeletal system, its functions and the importance of strong bones. This is achieved through interaction with the activity mascot- Bony! They are taught about the various ways in which they can make their bones stronger and about calcium rich diets. Their knowledge is evaluated through a post event quiz.

Among women, the importance of good bone health is discussed. The concept of osteoporosis is explained along with signs and symptoms, risk factors and precautions. The impact is assessed through a post event survey and is evaluated by the national team.

Focus area:

Children & healthy habits

Problem statement:

Young people aged between 9–18 years have higher calcium and protein requirements.Childhood and young adulthood are the bone building years and Children who have higher Peak Bone Mineral density reduce their risk of osteoporosis later in life.Although genetics determines up to 80% of the variability in individual peak bone mass, factors such as nutritional intake and physical activity will help a child achieve optimal bone strength.

Target groups:

Children, Women

Beneficiaries:

General population, Children, Women

Objectives and indicators of success:

To make at least 500 primary years students aware of the importance of having strong bones through a 30 minute powerpoint presentation and an interactive session with BONY the mascot.

Discuss the health risks of weak bones in a simple and age appropriate manner.

To share information about how one can increase their bone strength.

An interactive discussion on foods and drinks that help make bones strong.

To assess the impact through an online quiz about the information just sh

Success indicators

More than 50% of students have understood why strong bones are important.

More than 50% of students have understood the health implications of weak bones

More than 50% can tell 2 or more than two ways of making their bones stronger

Methodology:

Provide a basic outline regarding 🙁 6-7 slides)

What are bones? What is a skeleton?

Introduce Bony the mascot

Why should our bones be strong ?

Compare bone strength in different age groups

Describe health effects of weak bones in a simple and age appropriate manner

How can we increase our bone strength?

Discuss through an interactive session the different foods and drinks that help increase bone strength

An online quiz to assess how much they learnt.

Plans for evaluation:

Monitoring :- We keep on tracking progress with the indicators and we keep on checking with the SMART objective. We can change or add intervention in the plan of action/ methodology.

Impact Assessment

Impact is assessed through the pre and post reports and post event surveys . Data is then collected from all the events conducted and evaluated by the national team.