In a bid to encourage university students and staff to lead a healthy life, Zetech University joined the world in marking the World Diabetes Day (WDD), the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries.
Through the Varsity’s Nutrition department, the Zetech fraternity will be exposed to a weeklong awareness and screening sessions at the Thika Road Campus, where they will be engaged on living a healthy life and tested for various lifestyle ailments, to challenge them to maintain healthy lifestyles.
Commenting on the campaign, Genevieve Ombunda, Head of the Nutrition Department noted that it is critical that both young and the older generation understand the dangers of Diabetes and are counseled on what it means to live and adopt healthy living,
“As we mark WDD, we are creating awareness and sensitising students and staff on diabetes and other non-communicable diseases as well as giving practical exposure to students on the nutrition care process and research,” Genevieve said, adding that they managed to attend to hundreds of students and faculty members just at the start of the campaign.
The sessions involved counseling on nutrition and healthcare as well as screening sessions to test BMI (Weight/Height), Blood pressure, Blood Sugar test, Body fat composition, as well as Body temperature.
This year, the WDD theme is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future, with a special focused on women and diabetes as about 199 million women have Diabetes, with 2 out of 5 women with Diabetes in the reproductive age.
The WDD global campaign seeks to promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information, required to strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 Diabetes.
World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by the disease. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.