Healthy Empowered Young (HEY)-Kenya is a Non-governmental organization based in Kenya that targets young adults (18- 30 years) struggling to prioritize their physical health.
Established in 2022, the organization aims to engage young adults through simple, relatable and practical information on how to maintain proper health practices so as to reduce the risk of chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, gout, heart diseases and obesity.
The prevalence of chronic lifestyle diseases among the youth has been on the rise in the recent years. According to AMREF (2021), each year, over 100,000 Kenyans die from chronic lifestyle diseases while more than half of all hospitalizations are also attributed to the same. The number is expected to rise sharply by 2030 with the increasing industrialization and civilization.
These diseases were previously more prevalent in the older population, but have recently been seen to affect even those below 25 years. Young Kenyans are prone to risky health patterns, ranging from poor sleep patterns and lack of social support to destructive behaviors such as drug abuse, physical inactivity and unhealthy diets.
The organization takes a holistic approach to promote health and wellness, focusing on education and community outreach through social media health sensitization and forums distributed for the youthful audiences. We believe that by working together, we can prevent lifestyle diseases and create a healthier future for all.
Join us in our mission today.