First Healthy Divas class: these students chose the name for this after school program.
Logo was designed by the students. They picked name of “club” Chose the butterfly as the symbol and they wanted pink and purple in the design.
Components of each week’s session
Journaling – this is done at the beginning of each session. Sometimes a topic is chosen for the participants to write about.
Many posters have been made over the years to hang in the schools. Here they are making sun sense bracelets for the 4 th grade farm safety day program. They participate in community events such as the great scarecrow round up. This group received the most votes for their winning scarecrow.
The 4H program Health Rocks is used with the Divas.
Program coordinatorsDonna Fryman, Family &Consumer Sciences AgentGwen O’Cull, Expanded Food &Nutrition Program AssistantBarbara Campbell, SNAP-EdProgram Assistant UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
In the beginning:•The idea: work with preteens to build their self esteem andencourage positive health behaviors•Saw news articles and a television newscast on similar topic.•Discussed among office staff and then pulled in specialist help.•Contacted school principal to see if this would be possible•Secured support from the school board•Secured funding
Objectives of program:•Encourages female students to take charge of their health.•Learn positive actions to empower themselves .•Students improve their self esteem• Increase their knowledge of healthy behaviors.•Provide an outlet to discuss topics of interest to them in a safe andwelcoming environment.•Provides student and adults with a positive bonding experience.•Students will serve as role models for other students in theschool.
How it evolved Students were selected by teachers. Parents received invites for their child to participate Students then met after school once a week
Evaulation Students were given a pre-test at the beginning of each session concerning their beliefs, attitudes and behaviors related to the session’s health topic. Post tests were administered at the end of each 12 week period. . The questionnaire measures the changes in self-esteem, health habits and ability to resist at-risk behavior. The evaluation tool was developed by Kenneth Jones, University of Kentucky , Cooperative Extension Service Director of Program and Staff Development
Results Results over the four year time period of the 258 students have reported: 75% are aware of health consequences of tobacco, drug, and alcohol misuse. 64% have started consuming more fruits and vegetables daily 68% have increased physical activity time daily. 85% have improved their grooming techniques 55% have started journaling on a regular basis
Collaborators/Funding The success of this program is due to the involvement of agents, Extension Program Assistants, Extension Specialists and the County School System. Cooperative Extension Service funded the project School District provided the space and additional support through the Guidance Counselors and Family Resource Center Staff.
For more informationContact: Fleming County Donna Fryman, Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Service Sciences agent PO Box 192 Flemingsburg, KY Gwen O’Cull, 606-845-4641 EFNEP assistant Email: email@example.com Barbara Campbell, SNAP-Ed assistant