Creating KREBS app, three UNAIR students win 2nd place in national scientific writing competition

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Fatmah Septa Dewi (left), Halfie Zaqiyah Gusti Puspitasari (center), and Vina Himmatus Sholikhah (right), UNAIR students who won 2nd Place in national scientific writing competition. (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – Three students of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) have made a national achievement at 8 th Public Health Competition organized by Student Activity Unit (UKM) Lentera Faculty of Public Health (FKM) University of Jember (UNEJ). They are Vina Himmatus Sholikhah, Fatmah Septa Dewi and Halfie Zaqiyah Gusti Puspitasari.

Vina Himmatus Sholikhah as the team leader revealed that they managed to win second place in scientific writing category (KTI). For this competition they created an application called KREBS (Kebutuhan Harian Energi Tubuh Sehatku) as an app based on Self Health Assistance through Great Diet Care to reduce the incidence of obesity in Indonesia.

“So the theme of the competition we participated in was the optimization of role and innovation of young generation in the global challenge in realizing Golden Indonesia in 2045, chose health sub-theme so the KREBS app was created,” said Vina.

Various menu features displayed in KREBS app. (Photo: By courtesy)

The reason for making the app, continued Vina, was based on the obesity problem in Indonesia. It is shown from data of Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) which states that the prevalence rate of obesity in Indonesia in 2013 was 14.3% and continues to increase by 21.8% in 2018.

Furthermore, Vina said that the application has a feature that provides a person’s daily energy needs. Furthermore, application users will also receive recommendations regarding a list of food that can be consumed according to the user’s daily needs.

Vina revealed that the team was grateful for the victory they achieved. Before participating in the competition, they did a lot of preparation from brainstorming ideas, compiling scientific papers, making application designs and prototypes for the presentation.

“Due to pandemic conditions, all of our preparations were done online,” she explained on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

Asked about tips for writing scientific papers, Vina suggested reading a lot of references and being sensitive to the surrounding phenomena so many ideas would come up. Finally, Vina hopes that in the future she can take part in other competitions both at national and international levels so she can gain good reputation for her alma mater.

“Hopefully in the future, we will not only participate at national level competitions, but also international competitions,” she concluded. (*)

Author: Dita Aulia Rahma

Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia

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