The SAADAP is a pilot program that ran for the very first time with a group of teenagers in the Peel Region. We collected research throughout the program to determine if our approach is effective, and what needs to be changed to make it better.
Click here to read more about our use of Photovoice methodology to learn more about the health behaviours and attitudes of our participants. This was a qualitative component of the research study.
Dr. Harpreet Bajaj
Dr. Russell de Souza
Dr. Baiju Shah
Dr. Jennifer Price
Dr. Inderjit Bhatia
Individuals originating from South
Asian countries (including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh) are at increased risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes compared to people from other parts of the world. Additionally, the risk for developing diabetes increases even more if there is family history of diabetes. This means that South Asian teenagers who have a family history of diabetes (for example, their parent or sibling has Type 2 Diabetes) are a high risk group.
Without proper management of risk factors (things that can increase/decrease risk) while they are young, these teenagers are more likely to grow up and also develop diabetes. The goal of the SAADAP is to teach South Asian teens with family history of diabetes everything they need to know about the disease so that they can build healthy habits as they get older and move into adulthood. We want to give these teens the tools and information they need to make healthy choices for a diabetes-free future.
South Asian Adolescent Diabetes Awareness Program (SAADAP)
YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
BEYOND THE BODY
THIS PROJECT WAS FUNDED BY: