The Inta Gadha initiative launched by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), set out with clear aims: to reduce obesity in Abu Dhabi residents, specifically government employees; to increase patient attendance at dietician services; to promote AHS as a primary healthcare provide; and, to increase engagement with the community. The programme was established to challenge employees across 30 government entities to adopt a healthier lifestyle and have become was the clear winner of the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Initiative Award 2018.

Healthy competition

The Inta Gadha initiative launched by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), challenged employees across 30 government entities to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Obesity is recognised as a significant and growing problem in the region, with over 60 per cent of the local population being classed as overweight or obese.

The corresponding rise in obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, is placing a considerable strain on healthcare providers, insurance companies and, of course, employers experiencing a loss of productivity in the workplace.

The Inta Gadha initiative, pioneered by the Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS) unit of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), was established to tackle these issues and was the clear winner of the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Initiative Award 2018.

The initiative pitted government organisations in Abu Dhabi against each other in a weight loss challenge.

Inta Gadha is the biggest competition of its kind ever organised in the UAE and its impact has been impressive. The project saw 1,200 participants shedding a massive 1,700 kilograms in just over 2 months.

Harnessing the competitive spirit, government organisations were competed against each other to lose weight, with a live tracking dashboard to monitor results.

The competition was not limited to weight alone however, improvements in productivity and in managing existing conditions such as diabetes, were also recognised.

In order to support staff in their efforts, Inta Gadha arranged for dietician services to make weekly visits to workplaces. With free and convenient access to healthcare professionals, participants were able to engage fully in the programme.

A team of 12 dieticians spread between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain were drafted in and telemedicine faciities covered contestants in Al Dhafra region. Dedicated email addresses, phone numbers and a twitter feed were set up to encourage participation and motivate the teams.

The organisation set out with clear aims: to reduce obesity in Abu Dhabi residents, specifically government employees; to increase patient attendance at dietician services; to promote AHS as a primary healthcare provide; and, to increase engagement with the community.

In all of these areas, Inta Gadha has been seen as a huge success.

In a closing survey, 93.68 per cent of competitors stated that the competition had changed their lives, and dietician productivity at AHS increased by 19 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.

As a direct result of the success of the Inta Gdha initiative, AHS subsequently has been approached by a number of other government organisations to assist in the creation of tailored wellness and screening programs for their own employees.

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