In February 2009 War on Poverty-Florida launched a three-year project initiative aimed to reduce the prevalence of obesity and health related issues among youth in Northwest Jacksonville.
The Build a Healthy Community – Childhood Obesity Prevention Project (BHC-COP) is an awareness campaign designed to promote active lifestyles and healthy eating habits for youth and their families.
Our process thrives on inclusion. Our desire is not to create a solution in a vacuum, but to work in collaboration with the community to determine appropriate and manageable solutions. To identify the specific needs of the community as it relates to nutrition and health education, we conducted an asset study and examined the proximity of resources and physical assets to support the objectives for increased physical activity and healthy eating habits in target communities. Outcomes from the study identified a lack in the availability and access to fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy eating the 32206 and 32208 zip codes of the Northwest Jacksonville community.
Build a Healthy Community Objectives:
- Increase nutrition & health education through targeted outreach and education programs
- Provide healthy eating education workshops that include food preparation and budget shopping activities
- Engage youth and adults in service learning activities around community gardening
- Introduce opportunities for youth and teens to become engaged in the awareness campaign through participating in the development of youth-led messages and activities
Get Engaged with the Building A Healthy Community Project!
- > Register your community youth group for nutrition classes - email us
- > Get nutrition and healthy living tips on our new blog >>
- > Volunteer to help in a community garden!