EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2015. The 4 anchors project increases patient’s knowledge of diabetics through a self-management approach. For balancing blood glucose level, it is important to pay attention to four fields: nutrition, medication, physical activity and a calm mental state – the Four Anchors.
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The 4 Anchors project, competing in the international category of the Award, seeked to enable diabetes patients to play an active part in their cure through after-work group sessions.
The peer group provided knowledge and enabled exchange of experiences between patients.
The power of the group helped the participants cope with the emotional and social pressure concomitant to the disease and allowed each member to grow personally and socially. During the sessions, the group members shared their personal experiences on coping with diabetes. For some of them, this was the first time that they meet other diabetics.
The project enforced the self-evaluation of patients. Each participant in the group rated his or her own adherence level in four fields, The 4 Anchors: nutrition, physical activity, medication and emotional state. The progress was performed in stages. In each stage the patient decided in which field she wants to make progress and what objective she sets to herself.
After the period of participating in the group, the participants got physically active and started to eat better food. They began to use medication according to the physician’s recommendations.
In addition to the social support the patients received from the group, the feeling of not coping alone with a severe disease and having peers to learn from gave the participants confidence improved their mental state.
The 4 Anchors project
Every year, EAEA hands out the EAEA Grundtvig Award to successful projects in adult education. In 2015, three projects were awarded with a prize: an international, a European and a national initiative. The theme of this year’s award was Adult Education and Health.