Nansemond-Suffolk Academy was grateful to be the beneficiary of a grant last year from the Obici Healthcare Foundation. Our goal was to have a positive impact on the way students view healthy eating options and exercise. Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. In fact, it has become the most common chronic disease of childhood. Children don't outgrow obesity. Obese children are more likely to continue being obese into adulthood. In addition, they are at greater risk for serious medical issues such as heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer. NSA, in partnership with the Obici Healthcare Foundation, created the "Kid-to-Kid, Let's Get Healthy" video project to help address this epidemic.
Our students' job was a big one! They were required to:
- conceptualize the project with our Media Club coordinator
- learn how to operate the media equipment
- partner with local community organizations
- construct and administer surveys
- script, film and edit the videos
- present their finished videos to the NSA student body
NSA students also created pre- and post-surveys comprised of 10 questions. In May, NSA held a video viewing event at which 356 NSA students in grades 1-9 watched the videos and answered the pre- and post-questionnaires. The analyzed results indicated that the majority of students' understanding of health, fitness and nutrition improved after watching the videos. The overall goal is that these children will now be more likely to avoid obesity by modifying their behaviors as a result of what they have learned from the student videos.
As part of the grant requirements, NSA will be sharing the student videos, also shown above, with the Obici Healthcare Foundation, Healthy People/Healthy Suffolk, the YMCA and the City of Suffolk to promote the "Kid-to-Kid, Let's Get Healthy" campaign. We hope you enjoy them as well. Kudos to our Saints Stars for all their hard work! View the students' videos below.