Improving High School Students' Health through Community Partnerships
Here we discuss the collaboration between the Bibb County School District-Nutrition Department, Mercer University graduate students, and local High School administrators that eventuated in recommendations and strategies to improve student health, such as the implementation of school gardens, cooking demonstrations, creating a school health council, and training sessions on administering Fitnessgram. We also present our evaluation of the effectiveness of these efforts on student health outcomes.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Design physical activity and nutrition activities for high school students in low income areas. Evaluate physical activity and nutrition activities targeting high school students. Design partnerships between school districts and Master public health students. Identify challenges in implementing physical activity and nutrition activities in a high school setting.
Keyword(s): Child Health Promotion, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as an Assistant Professor of Practice and Liaison for the Academic Health Department for Mercer University, College of Health Professions and as Health Promotions Coordinator for the GA Dept. of Public Health, North Central Health District. I was the adviser and preceptor for Ms. Maya Robinson on this area of research.
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.