Following the Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference held on October 6, 2014 at University Park, Penn State Extension has recently awarded three mini-grants that will support the work of local coalitions as they put knowledge and best practices learned during the conference into action in their communities to prevent childhood obesity.
Through a competitive grant process, one coalition from each conference track (community, school, and child care) has been selected to implement its action plan.
Funded projects are the following:
- Community – Huntingdon County Healthy Communities PartnerSHIP, Huntingdon, PA. A Community Meal Preparation event will be conducted by coalition partners to engage families with children in hands-on meal preparation to promote incorporation of more nutritious food choices in family meals. Participating families will prepare recipes that will be packaged for freezing and later use. The coalition will then develop a tool kit for use by other organizations to conduct a Community Meal Preparation event.
- School – Bald Eagle Area Middle School Fit for Life, Wingate, PA. Teachers of physical education, family consumer science and health will coordinate their lessons and purchase teaching tools on nutrition and physical activity in a multi-disciplinary approach to childhood obesity prevention. Students and their families will be linked to their community through educational tours of a local grocery store so that they are better equipped to make healthy choices and try new foods. In addition, students and their families will visit a new disc golf course at a local park to inspire families to explore outdoor fun.
- Child Care – Bennett Family Child Care Center, State College, PA. A professional development workshop will be conducted for staff from local child care programs to share the information gained at the Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference. Families served by the Bennett and Daybridge child care centers will be invited to an “Invitation to Let’s Move” event featuring demonstrations of what the child care staff is doing to prevent childhood obesity throughout the curriculum.