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Focus Area: Improving Health and Well Being

CT Fitness and Nutrition Clubs {In Motion} (CT FANs IM)

Evaluation of CT FANs IM
The CT FANs IM is a 4-H program administered through the University’s Cooperative Extension in New Haven and sponsored by a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant from the USDA. The project aims to reduce the risk for obesity among 9-14 year old children. This intervention occurs within existing afterschool programs and includes interventions with innovative physical activity, healthy food demonstration, and community gardening.
The project targets schools in Fairfield, New Haven, and Windham counties in which the population has low health rankings and a concentration of low income and/or non-English speaking home speaking families. Project staff recruit teenagers into leadership roles. Teens trained as mentors deliver the intervention with staff guidance. In addition to promoting healthy lifestyles, CT FANs IM aims to increase individual self-esteem and family involvement. The Center works in partnership with the UConn extension  to evaluate this 10 week-intervention. Measures include pre- and post-screenings of children’s physiologic performance (e.g., endurance, flexibility, strength) and self-report behavioral questionnaires (e.g., attitudes toward healthy eating, self-esteem, family support). Participants answer surveys on iPads, enabling easy and pleasant user interface and efficient data collection.

Evaluation of the Adolescent Family Life Project (2011-2012)

Dr. Beth Russell provided the technical support – from analysis to authorship – to the Village for Families & Children’s Adolescent Family Life project in order to publish the program’s 5 year longitudinal results (peer review manuscript currently under review). This project randomized a sample of over 500 adolescent mothers to 2 Mental Health treatment conditions in order to examine the feasibility of coordinated care intervention models.