Research Domains

 

Family, School, and Community

 

GROW Healthy Kids & Communities supports families of rural places to survey and improve their family home nutrition and physical activity environments. GROW HKC supports Oregon rural families’ abilities to make healthy eating and physical activity behaviors at home easy and sustainable.

Families with children attending our partnered Oregon elementary schools in Bonanza,Chiloquin, Clatskanie, Estacada, Molalla, and Rainier were invited to join GROW Healthy Kids and Communities. Children in grades K-5/6 and their parents, guardians or caregivers participated in project programming to help families and children learn to eat, grow, and play healthfully.


GROW Healthy Kids & Communities supports families of rural places to survey and improve their family home nutrition and physical activity environments. GROW HKC supports Oregon rural families’ abilities to make healthy eating and physical activity behaviors at home easy and sustainable.
Family Surveys
Family Physical Activity Measurement Families will have an opportunity to measure their physi-cal activity using accelerometers
Nutrition & Physical Activity Self Survey Families complete self-reports that measure family home nutrition and physical activity supports and readiness for change.
Family Feedback
Physical Activity Feedback This report will provide families with objective data that shows how active children are throughout the day.
Self Assessment Feedback These reports help families understand their family level behaviors and family-home characteristics, that relate to child-level health.
Family Benefits
Healthy/Active Family Newsletters A monthly newsletter directed toward supporting healthy home environmental and behavioral changes related to healthy eating, and physical activity.
Family focus groups to inform policy and practice—teach the researchers about what works in your family and what challenges you face and help support other rural families.

Family Surveys

bullet point Family Physical Activity Measurement
Families had an opportunity to measure their physical activity using accelerometers.
bullet point Self Assessment Feedback
These reports helped families understand their family level behaviors and family-home characteristics, that relate to child-level health.
   

Family Feedback

bullet point Physical Activity Feedback
This report provided families with objective data that shows how active children are throughout the day. View an example »
bullet point Self Assessment Feedback
These reports helped families understand their family level behaviors and family-home characteristics, that relate to child-level health.
   

Family Benefits

bullet point Healthy Family/Active Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Newsletters
A monthly newsletter that was directed toward supporting healthy home environmental and behavioral changes related to healthy eating, and physical activity.
bullet point Family focus groups to inform policy and practice
Taught the researchers about what works in families and what challenges are faced and how to help support other rural families.

 

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GROW Healthy Kids & Communities helped schools survey and improve school nutrition and physical activity environments. GROW HKC supports evidence-based modifications to school environments and policies to promote and improve students’ healthy eating and physical activity behaviors at school.

School Surveys

bullet point School Physical Activity & Nutrition Environment Tool (SPAN-ET)
GROW surveyed school-level physical activity and nutrition environments.
 bullet point Height, weight, and physical activity collection
GROW helped enrolled schools measure the height, weight, and physical activity of students to understand change in health status over time.
   

School Feedback

bullet point SPAN-ET Feedback
The SPAN-ET report suggests evidence-based improvement strategies and highlights positive actions resulting from environmentally-based treatments.
bullet point Weight Status and Physical Activity Feedback
These reports show the results of school-level assessments and suggest evidence-based improvement sand communication strategies.
   

School Action

bullet point GROW-HKC and wellness committee actions
bullet point Farm to school partnerships
bullet point Physical activity toolkits and trainings
bullet point Securing school-centered grants to promote healthy school environments

 

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GROW Healthy Kids & Communities engaged with Oregon’s rural residents and stakeholders to learn about rural communities and to help select and implement evidence-based environmental strategies unique to Oregon’s rural areas that will benefit Oregon’s rural residents for years to come.

Community Surveys

bullet point HEAL MAPPS™
HEAL MAPPS™ helps community stakeholders document people’s experience of place with respect to supports and barriers for regular healthy eating and physical activity
bullet point Community Food and Physical Activity Environment Survey
This tool assesses the actual (vs. perceived) rural community food & physical activity resources.
   

Community Feedback

bullet point HEAL MAPPS™ Feedback
This report details the community supports and barriers to healthy eating and physical activity.
bullet point Community Food and Physical Activity Environment Survey Feedback
This report analyzes all community food and physical activity resources
   

Community Action

bullet point Building coalitions to work collaboratively on community-wide issues
bullet point Securing local grants to improve healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in rural communities
bullet point Working collaboratively to implement community-based change


This material is based upon work that was supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2011-68001-30020. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.