I am proud to say that the project was a fantastic success. The South End community was positively impacted by my project because it provided these at-risk-for-obesity children with a fun and beneficial outlet for exercise and nutritional education. The positive effect on the children can be measured by their responses to the survey that they took at the end of the camp. On a scale of 1 being "absolutely" and 5 being "absolutely not," the average response to the question "After having been in Win-Win, do you think you have adjusted or will adjust your eating habits?" was a 1.6. The average response to the question "After having been in Win-Win, do you think you will play more basketball or do more exercise?" was a 1.
The project is now over because I have moved away from Boston. If you are interested in continuing it, please contact the South End Community Health Center!
Things I would have done differently:
- involve the parents more to get the message across even more effectively by visiting their homes at the beginning and end of the camp
- be more active in recruiting the children by visiting the homes of at-risk for obesity children in order to impact more kids
-incorporate a wider variety of sports to potentially spark the interest of more kids in physical activity
My thanks goes out to DoSomething for making this possible by providing a grant!