Sapna NYC’s first group of children from our health program, CHALO, has come to a finish. CHALO stands for Children’s Health Action to Lower Obesity, and means “Let’s Go!” is a program in which mothers with a high risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and their children (those aged 8-14) learn about healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes that can lead to better health. The program was developed as culturally appropriate means of combating the high incidence of obesity and weight related health problems in the South Asian community.
In the children’s component the final project was each child had two small posters to illustrate what health means to them through what they learned in CHALO and how they can tell their community to be healthy. To celebrate the ending of CHALO, Sapna NYC and the Parkchester NYPL had a Final Art Show event. At the event Sapna NYC’s Board Chair, Yasho Lahiri welcomed participants and their families. Two participants, Arlina and Sharif, gave short speeches about what they learned in CHALO Kids before guests enjoyed small snacks then went upstairs to view the artwork.