As a community practitioner working directly with communities on root causes of social issues, I can attest that data, evaluation and evidence are essential tools.  They’re even more powerful when informed and contextualized by –then made accessible to—the very communities we seek to impact. This is certainly true in the ongoing work we’re doing with the GO!Austin/VAMOS!Austin (GAVA) Initiative.
Alba Sereno: Data + residents + organizations = community impact
As a community practitioner working directly with communities on root causes of social issues, I can attest that data, evaluation and evidence are essential tools. They’re even more powerful when informed and contextualized by –then made accessible to—the very communities we seek to impact. This is certainly true in the ongoing work we’re doing with the GO!Austin/VAMOS!Austin (GAVA) Initiative.
Since the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and our partners launched Go Austin! ¡Vamos Austin! (GAVA) in 2012, we’ve seen incredible changes in two communities. Our goal was to engage a cross-section of the community in coordinated childhood obesity prevention, and to find the sweet spot where local engagement meets evidence-based best practice. Well, we’re getting there.
Next steps in the movement towards better health
Since the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and our partners launched Go Austin! ¡Vamos Austin! (GAVA) in 2012, we’ve seen incredible changes in two communities. Our goal was to engage a cross-section of the community in coordinated childhood obesity prevention, and to find the sweet spot where local engagement meets evidence-based best practice. Well, we’re getting there.
Improving the health of our youngest generation: This is the issue Marathon Kids, an Austin-grown nonprofit, has been tackling for the last 20 years. By promoting daily exercise, along with a healthy and nutritious diet, the organization works to boost confidence and health by putting younger generations on the path to a lifetime of fitness.
Marathon Kids: Scaling nationally so more kids can go the distance
Improving the health of our youngest generation: This is the issue Marathon Kids, an Austin-grown nonprofit, has been tackling for the last 20 years. By promoting daily exercise, along with a healthy and nutritious diet, the organization works to boost confidence and health by putting younger generations on the path to a lifetime of fitness.
Late last week news broke that food and beverage companies sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 in comparison to 2007. A decrease in calories is a positive step, and while the number did exceed industry goals, it begs the question: why do we need to slash calories in the first place?
Processed food, sugar and a plea for common sense
Late last week news broke that food and beverage companies sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 in comparison to 2007. A decrease in calories is a positive step, and while the number did exceed industry goals, it begs the question: why do we need to slash calories in the first place?