DISSEMINATION OF KNOWLEDGE ON NUTRITION, OBESITY AND DIABETES USING SOCIAL / MASS MEDIA
SUJITHA. S, CHITHRA. R
Diabetes, Social media, Mass media, Nutrition,Obesity
Social media are commonly used by the public for understanding / exchanging health related information. Objective:To disseminate the knowledge on nutrition, obesity and diabetes using social / mass media for prophylaxis and control of diabetes mellitus. Materials & Methods: Education material on Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes was prepared with suitable illustrations in both English and vernacular language (Tamil) using PowerPoint slides. Audio was recorded separately in both the languages and merged with the appropriate slides.The prepared material was uploaded in the YouTube. The dissemination was carried out through “WhatsApp” and “Facebook”. An article on ‘Diabetes and its Management’ was prepared in vernacular language (Tamil) and published in Kalaikathir (A vernacular science monthly magazine). Results: The information conveyed through the above media was well received. The feedbacks on viewing the session through WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube were good. The publication in vernacular language in the Science magazine “Kalaikathir” was also well appreciated by the readers.