On the eve of ‘World Obesity Day-2018’, the College of Pharmacy, organized a Community Engagement activity at Gulf Asian English School, Sharjah, on 11 October 2018. The objective of the program was to create awareness among high school students on obesity, its negative health consequences and to offer practical solutions to tackle obesity. The participants were Grade 12 students from the school.
During the event, a Semester VII PharmD student Ms. Nourhan Khaled delivered a 20 minute presentation titled ‘Manage obesity with your pharmacist’. This was followed by an interaction where the PharmD students along with the College of Pharmacy faculty answered queries raised by the students. The event was well received by the school and the students and the interaction was enjoyable for all.
Dr. Subish Palaian, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice addressed the participating PharmD students: Your contribution as a community health educator and promoter of population health was impressive and admirable. You interacted well with the high school students on various aspects of obesity and sensitized them on the role of Pharmacists in tacking obesity and its negative consequences. Being an active health professional you are in a unique position to educate the general population of various health conditions and medications.
Dean Sherief Khalifa commented: Engaging high school students in UAE with health and pharmacy related issues is part of our responsibility as a College of Pharmacy. Such events also help promote the pharmacy profession and educate the young public about the role of the pharmacists in advancing human health.