HEALTH LITERACY:A Multigenerational Approach to Decreasing Obesity in Elementary School-Aged Studentspresented by: Joy P. Deupree, PhD, MSN, APRN-BCNovember 4, 2014
Community Health Scholars Grant $20,000With additional funding via various proposals from the community$74,000
Alabama ranks 2nd in the nation for obesity rates (33.3%)Surveys of students in Sylacauga, Alabama elementary schools indicate32.8% of students are overweight or obese.
The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (2003) estimates 57% of the adult population in Alabama performs at the lowest literacy levels of basic and below basic.The IOM National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy supports efforts to use targeted, tailored programs to improve health literacy noted that "K-12 schools should incorporate health education into existing science, math, literacy, social studies, and computer instruction in grades K -12 by embedding health-related tasks, skills, and examples into lesson plans."
TheSylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE) is a community-based, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide meaningful opportunities for families to contribute to the growth of the community, to serve others, and to promote community cohesion. The mission of SAFE is to support families because children from resilient families have the best opportunity to succeed. SAFE, as a non-profit administers theGet Healthy Talladega County Consortiumwhich partners with the Talladega County Health Department, Citizen’s Hospital of Talladega, Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga, Talladega and Sylacauga Chambers of Commerce as well as the entire school system for the county of Talladega.
PINECREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ONE OF TALLADEGA COUNTY SCHOOLS, LOCATED IN SYLACAUGA CITY SYSTEMGRADES 3-5TOTAL ENROLLMENT APPROXIMATELY 550
COMMUNITY GARDEN AT THE SCHOOLSEED TO PLATE NUTRITION CURRICULUMCOOKING CARTS PURCHASEDOTHER SUPPORTIVE GRANTSPRODUCE DELIVERED WEEKLYFRUIT TREESADDITIONAL GARDEN SUPPLIES AND MORE
PARENTAL CLASS I-Introduction of the program followed bythehow and why obesity develops and best practices regarding nutritionalchoices; i.e.BMI, NUTRITION, SATURATED FATS etc.PARENTAL CLASS II-THE DISEASE CONNECTION OF OBESITY FROM CHILDHOOD
Characterizedby using two research methods, thisapproachusedqualitative and quantitative methods to obtain more detailed specificinformation.Multimethodologyis desirable and feasible because it gives a more complete view, and because the requirement during the different phases of the intervention (or research project) make very specific demands on a general methodology
BODY COMPOSITIONNUTRITION ASSESSMENTS WITH SEED TO PLATE CURRICULUMPHYSICAL ASSESSMENT FOR FITNESSNEWEST VITAL SIGN HEALTH LITERACY ASSESSMENT
Surveyswith open-endedquestionsadministeredtoparents/caregiverspre-andpost-intervention interventionto assess their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding nutrition, exercise, and healthyliving
AMAZING WHAT ENGAGED COMMUNITY CAN DOTAKE A TEAM OF WORKERS TO MEASURE STUDENTS AND RECORD FINDINGSHAVE SPECIFIC DATES ESTABLISHED IN AND AGREED UPONCONTINUE TO ENGAGE PARENTS AND OFFER GREATER INCENTIVES
Other funding in place via Community Resource CenterComplete the data analysis- NovemberDevelop manuscript and submit for publication December