Four teams of health and well-being professionals working to improve children’s nutrition in low-income communities were named recipients of the 2016 Canyon Ranch Institute Healthy World Scholarship. The teams – made up of 15 dedicated experts from such diverse fields as health care, food service, education, and non-profit innovation – live and work in Chinle, AZ; Greenville, SC; Savannah, GA; and Wilkes County, NC. Read the news release.
Canyon Ranch Institute partnered with Canyon Ranch to develop the CRI Healthy World Scholarship program, which is designed to create lasting change in the health and well-being of children. For 2016, the program sought applications from interdisciplinary teams collaborating across systems and organizations to improve children’s health and well-being through healthy eating.
Recipients were selected through a competitive application process and rigorous reviews by impartial CRI volunteers representing a variety of professional disciplines.
For the scholarship, groups traveled to Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, in July 2016 to meet with thought leaders in the fields of fitness, health literacy, integrative health, nutrition, partnership development and sustainability, and public health. The experience was designed to support and strengthen the teams’ collaborative efforts to improve the health and well-being of children in their communities.
The 2016 teams and their projects are:
- The “Growing Healthy Dine Families” team from Chinle, AZ – supported by the Navajo Area Indian Health Service – will strengthen its home-visiting program, Family Spirit, by developing culturally competent strategies and curriculum to prevent early childhood obesity in their rural community.
- The “New Impact: A Healthy Lifestyles Program” team from Greenville, SC – supported by Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System – will focus on strategic planning efforts for a new community child health initiative as well as improving the curriculum and evaluation of their New Impact program, a healthy lifestyle and nutrition program for families.
- The “C-Port Youth Empowered” team from Savannah, GA – will expand Forsyth Farmer Market’s Bring it Home and Farm Truck 912 programs, to include new youth-focused nutrition and cooking curriculum and evaluation.
- The “Wilkes Health Action Team” from Wilkes County, NC – supported by The Health Foundation – will influence and advance organizational practices and community-wide policies that improve opportunities for healthy eating in order to eliminate health disparities in their rural Western North Carolina community.