Our community health foundation requests an estimated amount of $55,209 in order to sponsor an inventive dietetics as well as ensuring there is improved healthy living plan for K-2 kid. The plan will be designed to serve approximately 200-300 students every five weeks in the course of a year, this will be realized by teaching those perceived to be of low income the significance of choosing healthy foods to prepare from the onset in order to counteract obesity in childhood early in advance.
Our foundation’s mission is to educate kids that taking healthy meals as well as taking care of their bodies tends to be a fun hence being a vital pillar to live long as well as having healthy life.
By the foundation setting up school health programs, children will be furnished with adequate knowledge, attitudes as well as necessary skills which will assist in making smart choices when it comes to eating as well as taking care of their state of health.
Description of Program
Our foundation has come up with a team of five registered Dietitians who will be tasked with the role of traversing those schools perceived to be of low income in Michigan for purposes of educating K-2 students on matters regarding both nutrition and healthy living. The program has been scheduled to take duration of six weeks whereby the curriculum gives room for discussion engagements as well as those activities that teach kids on how particular choices will impact their healthy in some years to come, and the reason it is vital to take safety measures early in advance.
As the program progresses, children will have the freedom to explore new food items. As per the plan, this program will be executed for twelve months. In addition, for purposes of analysis, information will be gathered for one year after the program year is complete. Therefore, two years will be the total length of the project.
Statement of Need
Rates of obesity have reached extreme levels in the United States. In this regard, according to the control centre for illness, about 17% (this is equivalent to 12.5 million) children as well as adolescents has nearly become thrice the number in 1980. Due to increased number of incidences reported, it becomes difficult to believe that less than 15% of uncomplicated students take five or more servings of fruits and vegetables on daily basis as recommended.
A portion of 30% of those students eat less than one serving of vegetable a day whereby one quarter of the vegetables eaten are French fries. Therefore, the need for help is as clear as can be.
According to the data obtained from the office of the surgeon General, 300,000 deaths each year in the united states are as a result of obesity; this indicates the significance of taking preventive measures by introducing health programs in schools so that kids can be taught on how to live a healthy lifestyle as early as possible therefore averting such illnesses.
Heart disease among others like cancer, fatty liver disease, breathing problems can be brought about by factors like overweight or obese.
Children who are obese have high risk of becoming target of teasing as well as social isolation that may finally result to poor self esteem.
Children who are obese tend to be more likely to become obese as an adult which happens to be not only costly to their bodies but also for their wallets.
In this regard it will take a very small portion of that cost in order to facilitate this program to be a success for the sake of doing away with this obesity outbreak from becoming more dreadful
- To increase awareness regarding obesity and also train children on how to avoid being obese.
- To ensure that parents get the necessary information they require which will assist them understand that eating healthy doesn’t necessarily have to cost more. Also they need to be shown how to apply for the assistance from the government in case they are able to receive.
iii. To demonstrate to teachers how integration of the program material into their curriculum will be helpful so that they will be in a position to emphasize the material coverage and more once in a week.
- To offer education to families of K-2 students ensuring parents are engaged as well as sending flyers home with the kids in order to stick on their refrigerators as a reminder to making choices which are healthy.
Details of the program
In number each school will be assigned to one dietitian for the entire length of the program. The schedule will be planned such that dietitian will teach classes not exceeding 50 students at a go.
For instance, if a school has an enrolment of 200 K-2 students, therefore they will be divided into four groups whereby the dietitian will have to spend four hours in total at the school each day; this means each group will be entitled to one hour.
During the study the students will get an opportunity to learn what obesity entails, the health problems attached to it and therefore learn how to take measures in order to do away with it hence staying healthy. At the beginning of the program this section will be stressed for the children to comprehend the reason they should care about as well as concentrating to the material. Health problems details related to obesity will not be covered, but in return an overview of an age appropriate will cover vital facts regarding obesity which should be known to children.
The concentration will be how grow up to be healthy and stronger by receiving right as well as staying active. In order to adjust the negative implications the program will introduce children to a wide variety of fruits as well as vegetables and the different forms they come in for instance, banana bread, canned peas among others. Students will be offered a chance by the plan to discover new foods in the entire six weeks so that they can commence to restructure on what they take. In this regard, it is vital to educate children at their early stages that getting servings of fruits and vegetables daily does not necessarily mean taking them when raw, and blending them can be quite tasty.
Inadequate opportunities for kids to learn about meals from their parents have been fueled by the increased number of single parent families together with households where both parents happen to work. As a result of this, the registered dietitians will educate students easy, and healthy snacks they can prepare by themselves, or teach their parents how to bake them.
Through engagements in activities as well as discussions, students will be in a position to think of food comprising of a wide variety of ingredients so that they can have a fun way to know the importance of taking foods of different colors of the rainbow for instance; this will contribute to getting all the required nutrients by the body in order to be healthy and strong. Kids will get an opportunity to learn what one serving looks like, and the easy ways to quantify one serving.
Students will also get to know the quantity of servings of each food group they are supposed to take on daily basis and they will also learn how to be familiar with one serving so that they can estimate the number of servings remaining.
In the course of the program, teachers will have an opportunity to monitor different ways to teach students about being healthy so that they will have necessary tools to achieve the goal nutrition teaching once a week.
Education to families on how to become healthier, diverse material will be taken to parents by their children for instance, flyers with hints on how to save money at the grocery store by shopping smart, coupons among others. Fridays will be set for summarizing as well as reviewing the material in order to give room to reinforce the information for the kids and to sum up the lessons of the entire week for parents.
Each and every project is supposed to use simple evaluation tools to assist in measurement of the impact that activities of the project had on healthy eating, physical activity as well as prevention. Preferably, each and every project would achieve one or more of the quantifiable results.
In this regard, it will be a requirement for teachers as well as staff who oversee the lunch to ensure each student has brought a fruit together with vegetable for snack at least four times randomly per month for duration of one year after the completion of the program. Once the students achieve their goal on average, it will portray the accomplishment of the first objective.
The second objective will be quantified by having both teachers and lunch staff fill questionnaires about how they reacted to the program and if they abided by the guidelines given during teaching times about health once a week for duration of one year upon accomplishment of the program.
Parents of those children who participated in the program will receive surveys in order to find out whether they are receiving assistance from the regime since the agenda begun. Also, it assists in retrieving information about the effect the agenda has had on eating habits of families. Questions will also be raised in surveys to find out whether the parents have used any kind of recipes provided by the agenda and also if they have found the take home useful.
Also, advancement in healthy eating, as evidenced by an increase both fruit and vegetable intake will be put into practice.
Eventually, both parents and teachers will be presented with space on the questionnaire to leave their remarks on how the agenda can be made better.
Dissemination of project results
Conveyance or distribution of information of the grant-funded project in order to be accessible to everyone in different ranks for instance, at local level, state level, national level as well as an international level. The following are ways in which the information can be made accessible to the public;
- By publicizing the outcomes of the project in the newsletter perceived to be of the district, on the website and also on your local television channels. Other alternatives of carrying out the same can be through undertaking presentations at school board meetings as well as to parents.
- To ensure information of the project reaches at the state level, the school will be tasked with ensuring information is published to the projects area of focus. Also by considering doing workshop presentations or poster sessions at state conference.
iii. By submitting studies for review by going to the website.
- By considering holding a webinar, in connection with one or more joint partners in the project.
Sample Budget and Justification
The budget of this plan is sub-divided into sections in order to give a clear picture of how much will be required in each position for the project to be considered as a success.
- Personnel: At this point it is mandatory that employees positions as well as the names of the applicant, together with those costs referred to as in-kind for their respective positions as related to the tasks they undertake in the grant project should be provided.