In episode 46 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Priya Prakash, founder of HealthSetGo on her mission bring health education to millions of citizens in India.
Growing up in India, Priya Prakash’s family showed their love through food. Nightly dinners, family gatherings, and celebrations were filled with joy and of course food.
Unfortunately, most of the food was not of the healthy variety and eventually, she became overweight and was relentlessly bullied by her peers from the sixth grade until college. Friends and other kids and students called her fat, ugly, and made her feel like she wasn’t worth anything. Of course, this behavior beagn to take a huge toll on Priya’s mental health.
Prakash was inspired by both her mother and First Lady Michelle Obama to help end childhood obesity in schools. Priya eventually made the decision on her own; to change her lifestyle and improve her physical and mental health.
She is now the founder and CEO of HealthSetGo. and the recent winner of the $250,000 Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award.
“The experience of getting the award has been one of the highlights of my life. It was overwhelming to see the trust and belief of Global Citizen and Cisco in HealthSetGo to fulfill the mission and vision of creating meaningful impact”
Her organization integrates technology and health care to empower parents, schools, and governments to make data-driven decisions to improve the health and lives of children. HealthSetGo has impacted the lives of more than 200,000 children and parents in India across more than 77 cities.
India has the second highest number of obese children worldwide and is the cancer and diabetes capital of the world! Through Priya’s work, she hopes to positively impact one million people by 2023 and ten million by 2030.
“I struggled with my health and my body weight throughout my childhood, and it took years to change myself into the healthy woman and the fit woman that you see before you today.”
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