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GirlTrek Presentation: Obesity Prevention through Education and Empowerment

  1. 1. CompetenciesProject Spotlight:Talk before the WalkCurriculumMission GirlTrek is a national organization seeking to rally 1,000,000Black women and girls to get active by 2018 in order to fightobesity in African American communities.Population GirlTrek focuses on fighting the obesity epidemic in AfricanAmerican women and girls. Over 150,000 supporters have committed to GirlTrek’s cause ofcommunity-based health promotion. College students, church members, and urban communitymembers have all committed to 30 minutes of exercise eachday.Methods GirlTrek leads walking campaigns, each centered around aunique challenge (e.g., giving up an unhealthy habit for Lent). Each challenge includes a multi-week commitment to walk 30minutes per day, 5 days per week. A strong volunteer network recruits walkers using social media,grass-roots organizing and advocacy. Empowerment of women is the key to GirlTrek’s success.Scope of work New Challenges: Developing the Give. It. Up. Walking challenge Curriculum Development: Creating the 12 mini-lesson “Talkbefore the Walk” Curriculum. Health Promotion: Attending monthly Trek Meets with localGirlTrek participants. Recruitment: Developing a list of 100 largest churches in the USfor recruitment into future walking challenges Describing the characteristics of a population-based healthproblem (e.g. equity, social determinants, environment) Soliciting community-based input from individuals andorganizations Conveying public health information using a variety ofapproaches (e.g. social networks, media, blogs) Using information technology to collect, store, and retrievedata Collaborating with community partners to promote the healthof the populationConclusionThe skills gained in during this placement were extremely valuable. I gained a greater understanding of setting andachieving goals, developing communication skills to ease the work process, and the importance of collaborativeprocesses in order to create impactful change.GirlTrek seeks to empower women to make changes in their lives. I was honored to have worked with thisorganization in addressing the health crisis in African American communities. Even small steps are big steps!Project MethodsOverall Placement Outcomes The development of the Give. It. Up. Challenge, encouraging women to walk during lent,and give up one unhealthy habit for 40 days. Recruitment of leadership from 100 of the largest African American churches in the nationto encourage healthy behaviors in their churches. Talk before the Walk curriculum to be accessed by Trek leaders for local walking groups. Promotion of the GirlTrek mission and obesity prevention in communities nationwide.Acknowledgements: I’d like to thank Dr. Ariela Freedman for her ever insightful and funny academic advice & Vanessa Garrison and Morgan Dixon for knowing the best roads to take to get the job done, and always being real.Literature Review Researching Adult Learning Theory to understand the most fitting ways tostructure lessons.Gathering Credible information In order to address the barriers to being active that women face, womenwere consulted about topic areas for lessons Information was gathered through social media websites, and the GIrlTrekLocker Room site.Developing Curriculum Each mini-lesson answered questions posed by Trekkers Lessons were all to be delivered in 5-7 minutes Lessons included short assessments to test changes in women’s knowledgeImplementing Curriculum Curriculum will be made available to Trek Leaders nationwide through theGirlTrek Locker Room website.Project Rationale This curriculum development project was requested in order to meet theneeds of Trekkers before their daily walks. There are 12 mini-lessons. Each lesson uses Adult Learning Theory, formaland informal assessments to address learners’ common questions. Lessons are designed with one main idea, and aim to increase knowledgelevels of walkers. Each lesson is delivered to small groups of walkers by a GirlTrek TrekLeader The curriculum will be made available on the GirlTrek website for TrekLeaders to access.Trekker’s Common Questions Lesson topics were developed based on the needs of actual GirlTrekParticipants through phone conversations, social media, and the GirlTrekwebsite. “How many minutes should I walk each day? ” “ What is the best way to stretch before and after my walk?” “ What foods should I eat after my walk to keep my metabolism up? “How do I count the calories in my food?”New Challenges A walking challenge titled “Give. It. Up.” was developed targeting African American women in religious communities. Give. It. Up. is centered around Lent. In conjunction with walking, women are also encouraged to give up one unhealthy eating habit. Women use social media to chronicle their walking journey, encourage other women, and log walking progress.Curriculum Development The “Talk before the Walk” curriculum was designed to increase womens knowledge(e.g., knowledge of nutrition, stretching ,meditation, and how to pace walking speed). This curriculum will be made available through the GirlTrek website for Trek Leaders.Health Promotion Local Trekkers were encouraged to attend themed 5K Trek Meets in the Atlanta area. During Trek Meets health topics including nutrition, exercise, and developing healthyhabits were discussed Trekkers were encouraged to bring family members to treks, and attend the local farmersmarket after the trek.Participant Recruitment A list of the 100 largest African American churches in the United Stated was compiled. This list will be used to recruit women, and encourage them to participate in GirlTrek’sefforts. Church leaders were specifically recruited because of the influence that they have inchurches. Women were directed to the GirlTrek Locker Room: a website tracking participant progress. Women were also notified of upcoming GirlTrek events. A Flyer for the current “We are Harriet” TreksGirls Walking in a Detroit Community TrekTake a Walk, Join a Movement:Obesity Prevention Through Education and EmpowermentStudent: Felicia M. BlockerAgency Mentors: T. Morgan Dixon & Vanessa Garrison, Faculty Mentor: Ariela FreedmanGirlTrekOverall Placement Significance

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