Since 2006, the It’s Your Life Foundation has been working on understanding and promoting health literacy among communities across Texas and the world. Our first project, Ante Tobacco, is geared towards addressing and educating youth on the hazards of smoking tobacco. Since then, the It’s Your Life Foundation has two additional flagship health education programs–KNIGHTS and iConquer. KNIGHTS (Keep Nurturing and Inspiring Good Habits in Teen Sleep) aims to educate middle schoolers about the importance of good sleep hygiene. iConquer is focused on educating 3-7 year olds about diabetes, nutrition, obesity, and mental health.
In 2013, the Surani sisters (Sara, Saherish, and Zoya) created Project iConquer, a diabetes awareness program which specifically targets young children. iConquer was founded when Corpus Christi was ranked number 1 in the ‘Fattest Cities of America’ list in Men’s Health magazine in 2010. Currently, one in four children born in South Texas will develop diabetes.
iConquer educates children through a series of animated films, puppet shows, and fun activities–including Zumba dances and interactive recipes. To date, this program alone has reached more than 36,000 students in 35 schools. To work closer with diverse communities, iConquer curriculum has also been translated to Spanish and adapted into Braille and American Sign Language.