Preventing childhood obesity

Preventing childhood obesity


Captioning provided by
Disability Access Services at Oregon State University. [program music] Laurie Wayne: My
name is Laurie Wayne. I am a field educator with the
Grow Healthy Kids and Communities project based in
Klamath County, Oregon. The goal of Grow
Healthy Kids is to identify the
environmental features that impact whether a child
has access to healthy food and physical activity. There are three counties
in Oregon, actually chosen, in five western states. We have Columbia County, Clackamas
County and Klamath County. Even though our research is
based in these small communities we think that the things that
we learn will be applicable to all rural communities. We know that rural kids
are up to 20% more at risk for childhood obesity than
their non-rural counterparts. We’re focusing on kindergarten
through third grade and that’s mostly because that’s
when kids are developing habits that last a lifetime in
terms of food preferences and their willingness
to try new foods. In Klamath County we
chose the communities of Chiloquin and Bonanza. We recruit mappers
from each community and we give them
this little item, this little G.P.S. which
is photo enabled. What the mappers are trained
to do and what they do is they create a route
around their community. What the person who
took this picture thought was that it was hard
to be physically active and hard to eat healthy. They pointed out that
there are no sidewalks, there are no bike lanes. Another example is,
in the city park here there are young adults who hang
around the edges of the park and create a sort
of unsafe feeling. Parents don’t feel comfortable
bringing their little kids to play. The basketball
court isn’t covered, so much of the year it’s
either covered by snow or it’s being baked by the sun
so it’s not that convenient. The bathrooms aren’t open. We’ve found that just
going through the process of taking the
pictures and assessing how does this
feature affect my life, it changes people’s perspectives. We’re really empowering
communities to share their story in the way that they
want to share it. It’s really all about
learning how communities and Extension can work together to try to help kids
develop healthy lives. [talking in background] [program music] [END]

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