War on Diabetes Designathon
Singapore has the second highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations, according to a report in 2015 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). In 2016, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong declared a “War on Diabetes” to inspire collective action to help people prevent and manage Type 2 Diabetes.
Fortunately, it is possible to live a life free of Type 2 Diabetes through behaviour changes such as proactive health screening,
increasing physical activity, improving eating habits, and adhering to medical advice and prescriptions.
In keeping with this vision, the War on Diabetes Designathon invited healthcare professionals, designers, students, and passionate innovators to design programmes or tools to motivate citizens to take charge of their health and fight Type 2 Diabetes.
Thursday, 22 June
Participants heard insights from the experts and engaged in a discussion on the issues.
War on Diabetes Designathon
Friday, 30 June – Saturday, 1 July
Teams spoke to expert mentors, designed their solutions, and began testing it in the real world.
Designathon Pitch Day
Saturday, 8 July
Team practiced their presentations and pitched to a panel of senior healthcare industry leaders.
Challenge #1: Interventions for persons at high risks of developing Type 2 Diabetes
According to the findings of the National Health Survey conducted in 2010, 14.4% of Singapore residents aged 18-69 were diagnosed as pre-diabetic, a condition where individuals are at higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. With appropriate lifestyle changes, pre-diabetics can reverse their condition and prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
However, even when presented with intervention programmes, such as nutrition workshops and exercise classes by HPB and partners like SingHealth, many pre-diabetics choose not to participate actively.
How might we empower pre-diabetics to take charge of their condition and halt the progression to Type 2 Diabetes?
• How can we better attract pre-diabetics to join intervention programmes?
• How can we better support individuals throughout an intervention programme, so they stay with the programme and reap maximum benefits from it?
Challenge #2: Increasing physical activity level among working adults
Combined with better nutrition, regular physical activity plays an important role in minimising the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. However, according to the findings from the National Health Survey conducted in 2010, 54% of adults aged 18-69 are not getting sufficient physical activity. The most common reason given for not clocking sufficient physical activity was the lack of time.
HPB believes that more can be done to engage working adults to keep them physically active, beyond the programmes that are currently offered.
How can we encourage working adults to be more physically active through exercise and sports?
• How can we better design and implement programmes that are more appealing and will sustain interest among working adults?
• How can we enable working adults to be more intrinsically motivated to overcome personal and perceived barriers to exercise or play sports?
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Best Use of Technology
Check out the winning ideas from the War on Diabetes Designathon!
A holistic lifestyle modification programme that activates the self, social and environment with a three step approach (get curious, get moving and keep going) using social gamification to make fitness stick. There will be three types of challenges: goal setting by peer or family, group fitness gaming challenge where winner takes all and social dare […]
LifeStak is a mobile app and web platform that helps busy pre-diabetic executives with sedentary lifestyles attain a balanced and active lifestyle (without altering their current/pre-existing way of life) by automatically adapting and integrating personalized workout routines and nutritional plans (that are professionally designed by fitness instructors and food nutritionists) into their existing personal schedule.