Engaging the Community
The School recruited 71 children in 2014 for a nine-month study. Half the children were sent to four adventure-based physical training day camps, involving rope course, rock climbing, archery and group competitive games, over six months. The remaining children attended extra-curricular activities such as health talks, museum and theme park visits, and playing computer games.
Results after nine months of observation showed that those who took part in adventure-based training reported higher levels of physical activity by 96 percent. Confidence in physical exercises increased by 23 percent. Quality of life has increased by 7 percent.
Hong Kong is a predominantly Chinese society, but has a sizeable South Asian ethnic minority (EM) community, with more than 60 000 South Asian EM people living here. Evidence showed that South Asian were at higher risk of Type II diabetes due to high carbohydrate content and sedentary lifestyles.
This project aims at providing educational talks to enhance the awareness of diabetic prevention in Pakistani women. Through the assessments and interactions with them, we understood that they were generally knowledge deficit about diabetes symptoms, complications and the association between diabetes and obesity. Also, the social norms and traditions were some of the barriers for them to maintain healthy diet and regular physical exercise. Therefore, the educational talks delivered were culturally specific so as to enhance their awareness and self-management skills of diabetes.
This project collaborates with elderly community centres to deliver health talks, with a view to raising awareness towards sodium intake for the older people. The talks aim to raise the health literacy for low salt intake, including identifying hidden salt in daily consumption and understanding how to read nutrition labels to check the amount of sodium in food. Also, different ways to enhance tastes of food without using salt are discussed. Compared with traditional health talks, a food tasting section and interactive games are incorporated to make the talks more interesting.
In 2016/2017, the talks benefited more than 300 elderly. The health literacy related to low salt consumption among the participants, as assessed by a validated questionnaire, was found to be higher than those without attending the talks.