Community Partnership

The Kids Take Action program

Initiative Description: The primary goals of the program were to address these nutrition and health topics in a way that increased students’ ability to make behavioral changes to improve their nutrition and physical activity habits and to learn to ask for changes in their environment that would support these new behaviors. Students demonstrated learned behaviors during the six- week program through class activities and project presentations and performances at the end of the program. The teachers take action program sought to identify strategies to engage teachers, recognizing that teachers are typically part of the school for years, and that their health needs are important to building a productive team through an 8-hour intervention. The family take action component recruited parents to lead a new Parent Teacher Association and to participate in the newly created School Wellness Council. At the beginning of the school year, family members were invited to receive health screenings (glucose, cholesterol, BMI measurements, and blood pressure). The communities take action was a collaboration between personnel at the district and state level.

Study Results: Improved mathematics proficiencies

Reference: Snelling, A. (2013). A community-academic partnership to promote student health and education outcomes. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24(2), 97-102.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good