Healthy Youth Partnership

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

How does a coalition of seventy community organizations begin to combat youth obesity through sharing programming, activities, resources and common impact measures?

RESEARCH OBJECTIVE

Define success measures, track pilot program results for funders and suggest practical, achievable activities for program extension.

KEY INSIGHTS

New equipment and detailed curriculum helped very busy P.E. teachers engage students in more physical activity during and after school. Increased exercise improves health and fitness measures more than nutritional education and change in school menus and vending machines alone.

HOW HYP USED THE INSIGHTS

Agreement on realistic success measures for the coalition in the future was part of the outcome of the project.

WHAT WE DID

We interviewed P.E. teachers and program leaders in the St. Louis Public Schools who were involved in an HYP-funded after school program for elementary students. We also designed and led a workshop on impact measures to engage coalition members in discussion about measurable and realistic outcomes.