254708 "Healthy Dance" - Youth Empowering Youth

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 4:39 PM - 4:42 PM

Michelle Ramos, MPH , Department of Health Evidence and Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Guedy Arniella, LCSW , Department of Community Health and Outreach, Institute for Family Health, New York, NY
Barbara Brenner, DrPH, MSW , Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Lewis Zuchman, MSW , Administration, Supportive Children's Advocacy Network, New York, NY
Carol R. Horowitz, MD, MPH , Department of Health Evidence and Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
“The Healthy Dance” is an educational music video created by youth in East Harlem, New York who participate in the Supportive Children's Advocacy Network New York (SCAN) after-school enrichment program in collaboration with the Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center, a community-academic coalition focused on diabetes prevention and control. This video shows adolescents who wrote, performed and recorded a song urging their peers to eat healthy and be more physically active for their general well-being and to prevent the diabetes that disproportionately impacts their community. The process of making the video is a fun, interactive way for youth to become engaged in thinking about and improving their lifestyles. In addition, it gives them an opportunity to deliver positive health messages to their peers and gives their peers an opportunity to receive these messages from a trusted source in an age and culturally appropriate manner. “The Healthy Dance” reinforces our belief that community members of all ages have the power to impact and transform their communities into healthier, places to live, work, and play.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe methods used to engage multicultural middle school youth in designing age appropriate health promotion messages in communities at risk for diabetes and related chronic conditions. Identify mechanisms to integrate information from this video into programs and services for youth.

Keywords: Community-Based Health Promotion, Diabetes

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Program Coordinator or Manager for multiple federal,state and locally funded research projects and programs focused on health disparities and chronic disease prevention and management, specifically related to diabetes among African American and Latino populations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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