CommUNITY Wellness is a community-based program for children and their parents. The goal of CommUNITY Wellness is to reduce risk of childhood obesity by teaching basic healthy habits: diet, physical activity, sleep, and emotional well-being.
The CommUNITY Wellness program is for children ages 6-13 and their parents and/or guardians. The families participate together in this program. The program is offered on weekday evenings or Saturdays. It consists of eight sessions with two sessions per month. The sessions are two hours each and include classroom instruction and family activities.
The program evaluation is through pre- and post- scientifically validated surveys measuring changes in behavior. Measurements of height, weight, and waist circumference are also collected to determine changes in physical characteristics.
The CommUNITY Wellness program pilot (with 120 participants) demonstrated improvement in eating habits, physical activity, sleep, and emotional well-being. In addition, nearly all of the participants reported that their expectations were met, while 93% said that they would recommend the program to others and repeat participation in the program themselves.
- 90% of participants stated that program expectations were met
- 93% of participants would recommend to others and repeat participation in the program
- Results show a BMI decrease across adult participants
- The anthropometric variables are measured show most adults improved their weight status
- After completing the program, participants felt better about their overall health in general
- Participants reported building better relationships with neighbors and housing management