Asian Peers Help Spread Lifesaving Message
As prominent members of local Asian communities, together they work as Kidney Research UK?s ?Peer Educators?, helping to educate, inform and spread vital health messages among the different religious and ethnic groups they represent.
This unique health initiative, currently running in Birmingham and Leicester, forms part of Kidney Research UK?s ABLE project, which aims to raise awareness of the high incidence of kidney disease in BME groups. This is because the rates of diabetes and high blood pressure ? the two leading causes of kidney disease ? are very high amongst Asian communities. The Peer Educators were chosen and professionally trained following concerns that many Asian people were not aware of this risk, and furthermore there was little being done about it.
Neerja Jain, ABLE project manager says: ?Kidney failure is a terminal illness that has no cure but can be prevented with the correct intervention. If we can catch and identify people with diabetes or high blood pressure early, then we can help them to manage their condition and prevent kidney disease from developing. However, many Asian people are unaware of this risk and this is where we rely on our Peer Educators to get the message out and spread the word among their communities. It really is vital work that has the potential to save lives.?
Such is the impact that the ABLE project is having on the Asian community, that Kidney Research UK has recently been adopted as a Charity of the Year by Lifestyle Coaching Company, Four Candles. And for the Peer Educators this means a further opportunity to develop their coaching and communication skills as they embark on a three day life coaching course this weekend from the 10th-12th of February.
As part of their course, the Peer Educators will be working with a full team of coaches to help enhance their communication and motivational skills, as well as learning new techniques using the power of the mind to help people achieve their goals. During the seminar, they will also work with a doctor and a nutritionist so that they are able to give health information and advice to others. Giving good dietary advice is one of the major roles of the Peer Educators, as many traditional Asian dishes are high in fat ? a serious problem when managing high blood pressure and diabetes.
Majur Kotecha, Director of Coaching at Four Candles says: ?We wanted to support Kidney Research UK because the work that they do and because the way they are trying to spread lifestyle messages is so important. The Peer Educator idea is brilliant and the message that they are sending out to the Asian community is the same as ours: that everyone has the potential to lead a happy and healthy life. It?s about giving people choices to empower them to make life-changing decisions.?
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