Diabetics – move on, be healthy!

Health promotion & disease prevention

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5 hours

„Pat, Clap, Pat”

Duration: around 15-20 mins.

Group size: from small to large

Materials: the story, enough space, music

The Facilitator asks the group to make a circle and asks the group to:

  1. Create a circle while standing.
  2. Start a simple rhythm that alternates with a pat on the legs, then a clap: Pat, Clap, Pat, Clap, etc.
  3. One player at a time does this chant, while the rest of the class keeps the rhythm and says “Yeah!” after each line:

My name is [name]
And I am [age]
I like to [action]
And it goes like this…

  1.  After the last line, the player demonstrates the action. Then the rest of the class copies the action and says:

[action] high!
[action] low!
[action] high!
[action] low!

  1.  They do the action high and low respectively.
  1.  So the full thing might go something like this:

Participant:                            CLASS:
My name is Linda                  Yeah!
And I am ten                          Yeah!
I like to swim                         Yeah!

And it goes like this…
(Linda demonstrates swimming)

EVERYONE:
Swimming…high!
Swimming…low!
Swimming…high!
Swimming…low!

  1.  The clapping rhythm starts again and the next player goes.
  2. Continue until every player has had a chance.

Hints for the Facilitator:

  • Make sure that everyone in the group feels comfortable.
  • The second line (about age) can be changed to anything you want the participant to learn about each other. If you are rehearsing a play, the whole chant can be done as “your character” from the play. What type of activity does your character really enjoy?

1. „Be fit, be cool’’

Duration: around 15-20 mins.

Group size: from small to large       

Materials: Appendix 1 (Infographic), sheets, pens, flip chart, Wi-Fi, PC or smart phones, markers, stickers, paints, chalk, leather, cardboard, patches, etc.

The Facilitator divides participants into groups and gives each group a task – to create a poster with a funny, catchy and inspirational message with those topics:

  • What is a diabetes?
  • How many types of diabetes do you know?
  • What Causes Diabetes?
  • How To Prevent Diabetes?
  • Healthy diet with Diabetes?
  • Is there a connection between the number of people with diabetes and the level of physical activity?

Each group has to propose a sport or physical activity which can be practiced by different groups of people suffering from Diabetes: adults, children, working people, women, mothers with children, pregnant women, people with mental disabilities, people with physical disabilities, with an explanation of how this sport or physical activity affects the prevention, disease and recovery of people suffering from diabetes, what meals are positive medicine for Diabetes.

Hints for the Facilitator:

  • Make sure that everyone in the group feels comfortable.
  • After the end of the presentations you can ask the groupto prepare some facts, using the Module infographics

2. „Let’s make the change”

Duration: around 45 mins.

Group size: from small to large       

Materials: sheets, pens, flip chart, Wi-Fi, PC or smart phones, markers etc.

The Facilitator gives a task to every participant:

  • How Many People Have Diabetes In Your Country?
  • Are there diabetes prevention programs in your country?
  • An example of good practice that you know from your country.
  • An example of good practice in the world.

Everyone presents his/her choice of good practices and how it can be improved and conducted by itself. After the presentation, the Facilitator, asks the group whether they see the strengths and weaknesses of the campaign and what they are. At the end of all presentations and after the discussions, the whole group votes for the best or the best campaigns invented and proposed by the participants during the debate. The best campaign will be promoted through social media, especially in the FB group “Start Now”.

Hints for the Facilitator:

  • Participants can either find existing good practice or invent it
  • The Facilitator may ask participants:
  • What level of physical activity He/She is doing.
  • What is the level of physical activity undertaken in general in their country?

What is the risk for diabetes in their country?

3. „We are the change“!

Duration: around 40-60 mins.

Group size: from small to large       

Materials: sheets, pens, flip chart, Wi-Fi, PC or smart phones, markers, stickers etc.

The Facilitator divides participants into two groups A/B and gives each group a task:

Team A

  1. How can sport and physical activity solve problems related to diabetes disease?
  2. Create a campaign or sport event based on physical activity among people with diabetes type 1.
  3. Who can participate (athletes, students, disabled people, people with obesity).
  4. What are the most important messages of the Campaign?
  5. Who should undertake health promotional activities (teachers, parents, healthcare professionals, etc.)
  6. When should the campaign take place?
  7. Create a motto, a sign, a poster, etc for the Campaign.

Team B

  1. How can sport and physical activity help problems related to diabetes?
  2. Create a campaign or sporting event based on physical activity or sport among people with diabetes type 2.
  3. Who can participate (athletes, students, disabled people, people with obesity, people with different religions).
  4. What are the most important messages in it?
  5. Who should carry the health promotion campaign (teachers, parents, healthcare professionals, etc.)
  6. When should it take place?
  7. Create motto, sign, poster, etc.

At the end, each team presents the work he has done for around 10-15 mins.

Hints for the Facilitator:

  • Make sure the teams are composed by equal number of participants.
  • Make sure that the observers are engaged during the whole process – the preparation and the presentation – they should watch carefully how the groups work, how they communicate, where they find information
  • If it is required – prolong the activity – so that the teams can prepare well – encourage them to make posters, graphs or even the multimedia presentation
  • During the debate, remember to keep participants in order, so speakers are not disturbed – questions can be asked by the viewers and the opposite team members after each argument is finished

Evaluation

After the end of all activities, the Facilitator  asks each participant what risks they see for themselves and others in their everyday lives, what they should change for themselves. Аll participants would be invited to participate in a 2-week training program of their choice with the appropriate diet including healthier food. It is good to present to all participants a few useful applications for smartphones (Fooducate Арр, Glooko Арр, My net diary еtс.) and articles on healthy eating and the benefits of active lifestyle.  All of those tools inspiring healthy eating habits and regular physical activity are the best way to prevent Diabetes type A or to keep low levels of blood sugar if you have been already diagnosed.

„Move on, Be Healthy”

Duration: around 90 mins.

Group size: Any

Materials: garden yard, lawn, park, green area, ball, ropes, colored cones, training jerseys, training ground, sports ground, school or sports hall, fruits, vegetables, water etc.

The Facilitator invites participants to engage in team sports for 60 minutes, after that they have time to enjoy their award, share in the social media positive emotions of the time they have been together. The award for participants will be a fruit or vegetable of their choice with the appropriate explanation why it is important to be involved sports and eat healthy food.  During the sport event, the Facilitator will also take pictures and videos that he / she may published on the social media of ‘’Start Now” page.