Children are back to school, and 'Little Plato Magazine' (LPM) is too! The magazine, a project sponsored and guided by the Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI) which was founded by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), has just published its 30th issue.
'Little Plato Magazine' aims to inspire children to adopt healthy lifestyles. To accomplish this, the magazine addresses children directly, stressing that healthy habits, from nutrition to activity, can be fun.
Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes are epidemic in the region, with Type 2 Diabetes found in children as young as 12 years old. For DDI’s Director-General, Dr. Kazem Behbehani (OBE), 'Little Plato Magazine' is a valuable part of the institute's efforts to improve Kuwaiti children’s health and prevent obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.”
Dr. Azza Shalhout, DDI’s pediatric consultant, explains: “LPM has a major role in diabetes education and awareness about diabetes and its management. It also has a major role reinforcing children's good behavior as regards food habits, practicing good self-management, and encouraging physical activity and highlighting its importance.”
Other DDI prevention efforts include the Dasmanite summer camp and the ongoing programme 'Let’s Get Healthy Today, Kuwait!'
For the past three years 'Little Plato Magazine' has been distributed free of charge to schools across Kuwait. The project has met with an enthusiastic reception. Children write: “It's so awesome and it's so helpful for Science.”... “I liked it because it tells us how to make things.”... “I like the quizzes because it makes you think hard - it's challenging!”
Teachers have been equally positive: “I like how colourful and engaging the [magazine] is but most of all I like how educational it is. Students learn best when they are interested and this [magazine] most certainly interests the class!"... “The students are always excited about receiving the Little Plato [Magazine] and because there are a variety of activities, it is very interesting.”
Under the sponsorship of DDI, the 'Little Plato Magazine' project has developed a variety of other educational resources for use in schools and homes. These include electronic games and applications, a yearly diary, colouring books, recipe books, and more. The updated website, www.littleplato.com, features electronic magazine issues, videos, educational games, a health forum with breaking health news, and a teacher’s guide.
For more information, contact 'Little Plato Magazine' at firstname.lastname@example.org.