Personalized Nutrition Plan

Personalized nutrition plan

Toolkit designing through particiatory research

 

Overview

This project covers our effort made for bringing a small change in people’s lives with a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. It is about a small combined toolkit for workers working across different sectors(ANM, Inrem, Asha workers etc) to provide a holistic personalized nutrition plan to people.

Project Duration

2 weeks

 

My Role

Interaction Design, Participatory research, Probing

Team

Shoutouts to my awesome team!

 

Ketaki Paranjape, Sindhu Neti, Yelumalai Andrea

Tools Used

Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop

Understanding the concept of nutrition in Chikkaballaur

Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition – an adequate, well-balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a key to good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity. This story focuses on how one should include nutrition and a healthy diet as part of their daily lives, especially in a place like Chikkaballapur.

Context

Fluorosis.. was a word not very alien to us, this is what we thought when we went to Chikkaballapur as a part of our field activity. Later did it turned out that our knowledge was at a very surface level. As we went deeper into this subject we got to know that Fluorosis is happening because of high fluoride value in the drinking water. To mitigate as well as saving themselves from the effect of fluorosis they should have a proper intake of nutrients. This information is being widely propagated and the government organizations working over there are trying hard to make people aware of the same.

So when we went to Chickballapur we saw the functioning of Anganwadi, met a few Inrem and Asha workers, had a brief chat with them, also got to see the nutrition garden. With all the insights that we got to know after this visit, we came across this thought of how well are the parents aware of the nutrition they had to provide to their children. Thinking on that grounds we had a chat with the Inrem officials and got to know that people often(ANM, Matra Purna Yojna, Inrem) get confused with the nutrition information they get from different working communities and end up getting more confused about what kind of nutrition they and their family should have. This was the gap that we found and thought of working on creating a personalized nutrition plan that a family as a whole can follow.

Problem Statement |

How to design a personalized nutrition plan for each individual ?

Design Iterations

After repeated iterations, we thought of making a toolkit using cards that can be used by front-line workers for providing a personalized and summarized nutrition plan. Also not to forget we tried to make this whole activity interactive and engaging so as to make it more relatable.

The Toolkit

After repeated iterations, we thought of making a toolkit using cards that can be used by front-line workers for providing a personalized and summarized nutrition plan. Also not to forget we tried to make this whole activity interactive and engaging so as to make it more relatable.

The next step was to play and iterate with this stuff. We ran 3 to 4 iterations with the cards, one person acting as the front line worker and other as the villager, thereby getting deeper understanding of the concept. For each symptom card, there is a relative nutrition card. Depending on the symptoms an individual or a family as a whole has the subsequent nutrition can be picked.

Digital symtom and Nutrient card (Front-Back)

We took cards as the base for our toolkit since we thought they will be easily readable and easy to use. Moving forward to the implementation phase we selected cards with different color codes for symptoms and nutrition respectively so that the sorting is made easy. At the back of each nutrition card, there is information about the nutrient value of that particular vegetable/crop and a small recipe of what food item can be prepared with it.

The front line worker is supposed to ask the villagers about the problems they are facing  and according to the symptoms they are telling the symptom card is supposed to be picked up.Below each symptom card, a nutrient card is placed which is required for the respective issue.The maximum nutrient that is picked after shortlisting the symptom should be their day to day nutrient intake chart.

The back side of nutrient card also suggests how these nutrients can be taken in day to day meals.

Pilot Testing

Next day we went to Chikballapur to the same Anganwadi. There were few Anganwadi frontline workers there and we explained our concept to them and asked them to act like the villager whereas we acted like a frontline worker.

After 2, 3 card playing rounds they opened up and told us about the once in a month nutrition program being held in this village whereas other villages nearby. They told us about how they physically show vegetables and aware them of their respective benefits. They felt this card toolkit can be really useful to them while conducting such programs.

Lastly, while we were traveling back to Bangalore one thought that struck me was what since this nutrition card had added recipes of food items that are new for the people over there, won’t it be something interesting for them, like a cooking class where they can learn new recipes with these healthy, high nutrition vegetables. The Anganwadi workers can teach them new recipes each session which may motivate them to regularly attend these sessions.