16 March 2016

New initiative puts young people in Dubai at the centre of their own health improvement

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How do young people want to receive information about being healthier and happier? Would they rather hear about ways to be healthier or the consequences of not leading a healthy lifestyle? And what exactly incentivises them to be more physically active and eat less fried foods?

These are questions to be asked to young people, by young people, at the launch of a new health initiative called “Wakiza- Beat the Risk”. The project, designed by young people, will collect feedback from 11 to 15 year olds in Dubai, putting them at the centre of own their health improvement.

The research is the next phase of Nord Anglia International School’s Young Innovator Programme which commenced in 2015, delivered in partnership with Elemental Software. The programme equips young people with the skills and expertise to develop innovative thinking. The students are supported to identify opportunities in social and economic development, to test and develop solutions and pitch their innovations to influencers.

Liam Cullinan, Head of Secondary at Nord Anglia, said ‘To have the students at NAS Dubai at the core of health innovation clearly demonstrates the skills of our students as entrepreneurs and leaders. We, as schools, have to recognise the skills of the young generation and create a platform for them to create change.’

Young Innovator, Sophia Attah aged 14, said ‘Health promotion needs to be engaging and accessible where, when and how we want it. With so many distractions these days, those designing health campaigns need to get our attention and support us to keep out of the health risk danger zone’.

The next stage in the programme with see the Young Innovators present the findings of the research to key influencers tasked with promoting young people’s health and awareness of conditions like type 2 diabetes.

Jennifer Neff, Elemental Software, concludes ‘The findings of this research will contribute to the great work being carried out in this region around type 2 diabetes awareness and prevention. Young people are natural innovators. Who best to inform future public health campaigns, app development and youth engagement programmes than the young people themselves’?

If you, or someone you know, is aged between 11-15 and living in Dubai then have your say in the future of health promotion by taking the Wakiza survey by clicking on https://bit.ly/dubaihealth. The survey closes on 08 April 2016.

Jennifer Neff, Elemental Software, concludes ‘The findings of this research will contribute to the great work being carried out in this region around type 2 diabetes awareness and prevention. Young people are natural innovators. Who best to inform future public health campaigns, app development and youth engagement programmes than the young people themselves’?

For more information on The Young Innovator Programme and Wakiza contact Jennifer Neff at www.elementalsoftware.co.


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