United Way: Crunch Out Obesity in Ashland County
Summer 2011 to Present
Based on a needs assessment in the county, United Way of Ashland County funded a community initiative, "Crunch Out Obesity". The program provided all students in grades four, five, and six throughout five county schools (Ashland City, Hillsdale Local, Mapleton Local, St. Edwards Catholic, and Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village Schools) a "Crunch Out" kit. This kit contained an exercise ball, instructional exercise booklet, nutrition information (portion sizes,introduction to MyPlate,vegetables and fruit, and eating cues), magnet on visuals to help with portion sizes, as well as an exercise and food journal challenge.
I served as the Project leader for the duration of the "Crunch Out" initiative. I began by helping the director of United Way, Ev DeVaul, determine an appropriate budget for the program, create necessary contacts, and conduct meetings for all of the individuals involved. I also was responsible for the development of nutritional information that was used in the kit.
Recognition and Presentations:
United Way of Ashland County: Annual MeetingFebruary 28, 2012
Ohio Association of Family Consumer Sciences (OAFCS): Annual MeetingMarch 23, 2012
Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD): Convention
December 7, 2012
Wayne County Ohio State Extension: Summer Food Service Program
June 2010-August 2010
Wayne County was selected to participate as a pilot county for a study funded by the state. The study focused on children's attendance to various nutrition education segments during the summer with the inclusion of an incentive. A total of seven classes were taught including topics such as, Eat a Variety of Foods Daily, Choose Healthful Snacks, Eat Low Fat Dairy Foods, Use Nutrition Facts to Make Healthy Food Choices, Increase Physical Activity, Wash Hands with Soap and Water, and Packing a Safe Lunch.
I served as a student aid for the duration of the summer program under the guidance of Darcy Becker, Family Nutrition Program Assistant. I helped with preparation of lessons, as well as implementation. I spent seven weeks alternating between three summer camp locations assisting Darcy Becker with the program.