Written by Deljit Bains, Leader, South Asian Health Institute

Dr. Arun Garg, medical lead and Deljit Bains, leader for South Asian Health Institute presented at the first World Non-communicable Disease Congress 2017 in India.

Dr Arun Garg, medical lead for South Asian Health Institute (SAHI) and Deljit Bains, leader for SAHI, presented at the first World Non-communicable Disease Congress 2017 in Chandigarh, India. The congress attracted more than 1,000 delegates including experts and champions working in the field of non-communicable disease control from around the world. The congress showcased an educational and scientific experience, focused on the latest developments in non-communicable disease detection, prevention, management and surveillance with a special focus on implementation sciences. Dr Garg presented on efforts in British Columbia to build healthy communities. Engagement between Canada and India is taking place through Canada India Network Society and the upcoming CINI 2018.

Deljit Bains addressed chronic disease prevention and management through Sehat, a comprehensive, multi-level approach in partnership with community leaders and stakeholders. She showcased how the Sehat Program developed behavioural insights and service design methodologies to develop and test ways that made it easier for people to make healthy choices. Evaluation techniques were designed to produce rapid feedback on interventions and were tailored to the population served.

Some examples include:

  • Sehat Cooks, which is a collaboration with temples that has resulted in a reduction of added sugar in daily meals by 25 per cent while also encouraging healthy food purchases and donations.
  • Sehat Works, which is a collaboration with local South Asian business leaders to co-design culturally relevant healthy eating activities and services for the workplace.

For more information on the SAHI and the Sehat program, visit fraserhealth.ca/sahi.


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