The purpose of this initiative is to strengthen the efforts of the Community Council of Greater Dallas (the Community Council), which leads the Greater Dallas Area Coalition to Prevent Childhood Obesity (DACPCO), by building community capacity to reduce and prevent obesity among underserved Dallas County women. Each year, the Community Council will work with DACPCO to identify a different community with which to partner, resulting in a total of five communities within Dallas County. Using Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods, the Community Council will engage key stakeholders and community liaisons to understand barriers and solutions to healthy eating and physical activity, and engage mothers and partners in managing their own efforts for educating their peers and connecting them to resources or emerging programs.
In 2012-2013, this project focused on the Vickery Meadow community, which has already been part of several projects focusing on healthy eating and physical activity and was well prepared to continue its work to address obesity.
Video: A group of mothers in the Vickery Meadows neighborhood of Dallas worked with the Community Council of Greater Dallas and the UNT Health Science Center to address obesity prevention in their community by selecting and managing their own efforts regarding their healthy, physical activity, and nutrition.
Below are some resources to help you learn more about our work:
- Mamas Sanas, Famiilias Sanas: A presentation made to the Vickery Coalition Action Team on August 23, 2013
- Soon to come…A report of what we learned from working in Vickery Meadow
Interested in learning more? Email the Center for Community Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.