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TreadWill: IIT Kanpur develops online tool to help people deal with mental health issues

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has developed TreadWill, an online tool to help people cope with issues related to mental health. The tool was developed by team with collaborative support from Computer Science and Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences, HSS (Psychology) departments.

TreadWill

It is website designed to help people deal with stress, low mood, lethargy and other depressive symptoms through different online exercises, questionnaires and games. It will help in overcoming depressive symptoms and becoming more resilient against stressful events in the future.

It is based proven methodology of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that helps people with depressive symptoms. It uses simple language to help users to identify involuntary negative thoughts and behavior. It teaches techniques to users to work on modifying their thoughts and actions.

It uses simple forms (thought record worksheet, core belief worksheet) and games to practice techniques of CBT in engaging manner. It offers free and easy accessible alternative for those who are wary of attending in-person sessions at clinics. It further provides users by sending personalised SMS alerts to help them stick to programme till end.

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FSSAI launches Eat Right Movement to promote safe and healthy food

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched national campaign ‘The Eat Right Movement’ to improve public health and combat lifestyle diseases. FSSAI also launched Eat Right tool kit and Safe and Nutritious Food at Workplace campaign.

The Eat Right Movement

It is voluntary and collaborative movement built on two broad pillars – “Eat Healthy and “Eat Safe”. It is collective effort to encourage people towards making right food and dietary choices. It focuses on both sides- demand and supply side to come together.

On demand side it focuses on empowering citizens to make right food choices. On supply side, it requests food businesses to reformulate their products, provide better nutritional information to consumers and make investments in healthy food as responsible food businesses.

Under this campaign, FSSAI has asked industry to voluntarily reduce salt, sugar and saturated fat in packaged food products. Edible oil industry, bakeries, halwais and FMCG companies, including Nestle India, HUL and Patanjali have took pledge to reduce the level of salt, sugar and fat in food products.

Eat Right tool kit

The kit aims serve as supplementary engagement resource to be mainstreamed in national nutrition and public health programmes at grassroots level. It includes components on eating safe such as maintaining hygiene and sanitation and food adulteration. It has simple message on eating healthy food and avoiding food with high fat, sugar and salt.

Safe and Nutritious Food at Workplace ([email protected])

It is nation-wide campaign to help people eat safe, eat healthy and eat right at their workplaces. It promotes safe and healthy diets through The Orange Book (its resource book) and through FSSAI-trained Food Safety Supervisors (FSS) and Health and Wellness Coordinators (HWC) at every workplace across the country.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

FSSAI is a nodal statutory agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through regulation and supervision of food safety. It was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and operates under aegis of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

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