Date

12-2017

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Susan Osorio

Abstract

In Monterey County, the childhood obesity rate is 48.6% and is considered the fourth highest percentage of overweight/obese children among the 58 counties in California (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 2011). The Greenfield Union School District After School Education and Safety Program is a program designed to keep students safe, to provide homework support, and to provide enrichment and physically healthy activities. An educational intervention project was implemented at the After School Education and Safety Program to address obesity. The purpose of this project was to promote a healthy environment within schools and support the health and well-being of all students in the After School Education and Safety Program. The expected outcomes for this project were for students to increase nutritional knowledge, to inspire students to be engaged, and witness students making healthy progress. The project implementation was achieved by presenting weekly lessons to 6th through 8th grade levels, and creating a guide for future staff. The Healthy Choices for Healthy Teens lessons were assessed through pre and post survey. These results showed an increase in nutritional knowledge, and in healthy choices. After concluding this project, 85% of the students found these lessons helpful to ensure future healthy habits. Recommendations for the After School Education and Safety Program is to train staff to provide a learning environment for future interns and continue this project to enhance the students knowledge of healthy choices.

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