In Denmark, the inequality in relation to health increases in relation to the increase in poverty. This is a tendecy that we feel and meet at Kringlebakken: Women, coming to Kringlebakken, only eat one meal a day to make sure there is enough money for their children's food. We meet women, who are very vulnerable on an economic level but also in terms of dealing with the system in Denmark. We work on different levels on preventing both psychological and physical illnesses and we link people to healthcare within the municipal.
Health care workshop
We measure BMI, blood pressure and weight in the health care workshop. It is always fun and surprising days, where the participants will run up and down the stairs in the building to raise their pulse. It gets more serious when we start weighing people: suddenly everyone wants to start on a diet! Subsequently, the health advisor will talk and advise the women on how we can live more healthy lives.
A voluntary doctor also visits Kringlebakken a few times a year, and talks among others about children's diseases. A dentist and 'Sex og Samfund' also pay Kringblebakken a visit during the year.
Every week we visit a swimming pool for women only. The focus is on both learning how to swim, but also to get rid of the hydrophobic. Swimming is also a means to empowerment. The women joining are often women who have never been in water and who would never think they would learn how to swim. Some women learn how to swim secretly, and then surprise their husbands later. Some women take pictures they can send their family, who know how afraid they used to be of the water.
The women pay 20 kroner per visit to the swimming pool.
"My greatest wish has come true: to learn how to swim. Before I was afraid of water, but now I love to swim. The swimming coach is amazing!"