GEEKY HEALTH

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Estimated duration: 60 min. without dissemination

Aims of this module: to acknowledge the importance of the personal appliances that measure indicators of our health; to shed the light on the possible effects of the measurements on our body; to teach the participants how to measure basic indicators manually and by using the electronic devices; to raise awareness among participants on the importance of regular physical activity.

I ENERGIZER

Beats”

Duration: 5-7 min.

Group size: Any

Materials: Clock counter, Printouts of the Infographic 1.

The facilitator brings attention of the participants and asks everyone to find an artery on the neck so that the participants feel the blood pumping. Then s/he starts the clock to tick for 15 seconds and everyone counts the heart beats. After 15 seconds, the participants will try the number of beats. Then facilitator requests the participants to hop for 30 seconds. Immediately after the exercise, participants shall find the artery and facilitator counts another 15 seconds and when the times goes out the participants write down the gathered heart rate. The two rates are compared and facilitator asks the participants to reflect on why there is the difference between them, within the group and with facilitator. S/he brings attention to the discrepancy in relation to the age and whether there are sportsmen in the room, also mentioning the table with the normal heart rates on still and after physical activity. The facilitator also explains the importance of measuring the heart rate for the health.

Hints for The Facilitator:

* Spot among the participants the ones who practices sport beforehand;

* Use different methods of measuring the heart rate (on the connection of arm to the palm or in the arm bend);

* Find the physical exercise to be implemented in accordance to the profile of the group.

 II MAIN ACTIVITY

“Stay active”

Duration: around 40 min.

Group size: around 25-30 people

Materials: Projector, videos with appliances to be presented, Infographic.

Facilitator presents the topic of the module – different devices and appliances that help us to measure and collect the data related to our health in daily life. S/he presents the different types of indicators like step counter, oxygen rate in the blood, ECG, blood pressure, floors climbed during the day etc. The facilitator gives some examples on devices (physically or over internet).

After that s/he splits the group into smaller groups of 5-6 participants. S/he gives the map of the places close to the school and asks to find them out. The groups shall use their mobile phones (preferably with the step counter) and have them ready when they arrive to the points.

On the spot, each group shall see the Infographic 1 with the table where everyone from the group shall write the number of the steps needed to reach the spot. They will also have to calculate the number of calories that were burnt during the short trip using the formula in the Infographic. After finishing the exercise, each group goes back to the classroom for evaluation.

Hints for The Facilitator:

  • Prepare and find the devices beforehand;
  • Find out the mobile apps available in your country for downloading from the AppStore and Google Play Store so that participants could use them during the activity;
  • Spot the places that are easy to find and at the same time at least 700-800 steps away from the classroom.

III EVALUATION

“Pros and Cons”

Duration: 15 min.

Group size: Any

Materials: Chalkboard.

The facilitator summarizes the knowledge participants had learnt during the lesson and the value of wearable devices: location tracking, health and activity tracking, education and entertainment. S/he also mentions the downside of wearable devices like poor security and privacy concerns.

The facilitator underlines the following topics at the end of the lesson:

  • Prevention of diseases and maintenance of health like fall identification and prevention;
  • Physical activity and interaction monitoring,
  • Mental status monitoring,
  • Sports medicine,
  • Weight control and monitoring,
  • Public education

At the end, the participants shall make reflections on the importance, advantages and disadvantages for themselves. They shall also think of the application of these devices by people of different age and where else the devices could be applied.

Hints for The Facilitator:

  • Encourage participants to define the most suitable appliances by using examples
  • Ensure the participants to grab the both sides (pluses and minuses).

IV DISSEMINATION

Home activity “Track your health”

Duration: 2 weeks

Group size: Any

Materials: Computer, internet.

The participants will be asked to measure the data each day (steps, heart rate, blood pressure). The special stress should be made to the measurements during the physical activity (if any). Each participant shall fill in the table with the results (similar to the Infographic 1) and calculates the number of calories and fats burnt during the activity and after 2 weeks by help of the teacher each participant will have to prepare a graph showing the change in the data during the previous weeks. The participants will reflect in the classroom on importance of staying physical activity and how the appliances had helped them to follow up their health condition.

Hints for The Facilitator:

  • During the two weeks remind the participants to fill out the table – ask them to show you the table with the data.
  • Help the participants in preparation of the graphs using Excel or similar tools.
  • The graphs could be shared on social media.
  • Participants can also start campaign for bringing attention to the issue by setting the goals (for example, the total amount of steps achieved by the class, number of calories etc.)

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