LEAN TEEN TEXTING MACHINE

by Amy Grider | Apr 09, 2010
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Summary:

Modern technology tends to make us more inactive. We want to use technology, specifically our cell phones, to encourage healthier lifestyle choices. We would like to get our students and faculty to join a 'healthy lifestyles' text group, receiving a text with a healthy affirmation message one or more times a day. The messages would encourage more activity, healthier eating habits, and educating teens about healthy lifestyle behaviors. Advisory groups could challenge members of other Advisories to get enrolled and to participate in the program. We would like to come up with a way to track participation and results, and encourage some friendly competition along the way.

Examples of messages:
Talk the talk...while you walk the walk.
With less on your plate...you'll be a good looking date.
Get on your way...get active today.
Stay on track...eat a healthy snack.
Get off your butt...it's time to strut.
A walk after dinner...will keep you thinner.
Go whole hog...get out and jog.
Time for a walk...around the block.
It's time to move...so get in the groove.
You'll look more buff...if you strut your stuff.
Did you know?...Breakfast is the way to go.
Those who sleep less, often weigh more. 8-10 hours of sleep, not 4.
Skip the whole milk, go for skim. Soon you'll be jumpin' for the rim.
All that pop...has got to stop.
Take your mom, take your dad...Go for a walk, enjoy the talk.

First Name

Amy

Last Name

Grider

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First Name

Amy

Last Name

Grider

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United States, MN, Hennepin County

City

Osseo

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United States, MN, Hennepin County

City

Osseo

About You

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About Your Organization

Organization Name

Osseo Sr. High School - Health for Medical Careers class

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Name your idea

LEAN TEEN TEXTING MACHINE

Describe your idea

Modern technology tends to make us more inactive. We want to use technology, specifically our cell phones, to encourage healthier lifestyle choices. We would like to get our students and faculty to join a 'healthy lifestyles' text group, receiving a text with a healthy affirmation message one or more times a day. The messages would encourage more activity, healthier eating habits, and educating teens about healthy lifestyle behaviors. Advisory groups could challenge members of other Advisories to get enrolled and to participate in the program. We would like to come up with a way to track participation and results, and encourage some friendly competition along the way.
Examples of messages:
Talk the talk...while you walk the walk.
With less on your plate...you'll be a good looking date.
Get on your way...get active today.
Stay on track...eat a healthy snack.
Get off your butt...it's time to strut.
A walk after dinner...will keep you thinner.
Go whole hog...get out and jog.
Time for a walk...around the block.
It's time to move...so get in the groove.
You'll look more buff...if you strut your stuff.
Did you know?...Breakfast is the way to go.
Those who sleep less, often weigh more. 8-10 hours of sleep, not 4.
Skip the whole milk, go for skim. Soon you'll be jumpin' for the rim.
All that pop...has got to stop.
Take your mom, take your dad...Go for a walk, enjoy the talk.

How do you define your "community"?

Our "community" is Osseo Sr. High School, a 10-12 high school with a current enrollment of 1667 students and 170 staff members. We are part of ISD 279, the fifth-largest school district in the state, serving all or parts of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Corcoran, Dayton, Hassan, Maple Grove, Osseo, and Plymouth. We have a very diverse population, including 36% students of color and 29% of students on free or reduced lunch (2008-09 school year stats). At OSH, we offer a comprehensive educational program intended to meet the needs of each of our students. Many of our students are especially interested in the topic of addressing obesity in Minnesota because of our strong focus on health-related courses. Our school offers numerous classes that focus on the health sciences: First Aid and CPR, First Responder/CPR Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Pharmacy Technician Online, Healthcare Internship/Apprenticeship, First Responder Online Blended e-Learning, Exploring Health Careers, Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide, Medical Terminology, Health for Medical Careers, Human Medical Biology, Human Medical Chemistry, Human Medical Physics, Medical Anatomy and Physiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology: Support and Locomotion, Human Anatomy and Physiology: Transport & Communication, and Bioethics. We also take pride in our incredible school spirit.

Tell us how you think the issue of obesity is affecting your community

We know that obesity is affecting all dimensions of our wellness. Social wellness is affected when body size is used to determine one's level of acceptance into peer groups, and may also affect a student's willingness to participate in extra-curricular activities. Emotionally, teasing and bullying can undermine self-worth, creating additional stress to the already stressful high school years. Physically, obesity can contribute to respiratory problems and sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and puts teens at risk for serious health problems in the future, such as heart disease, strokes, and certain cancers. Many students don't feel that they have time to eat breakfast before our 7:30 a.m. school start time so they skip breakfast which, over time, slows the metabolism and makes it even harder to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lifetime. Going without breakfast also makes it harder to concentrate in school, affecting intellectual growth, and school performance may also suffer if a student feels self-conscious, especially when working collaboratively. Additionally, when obesity is present in other family members, the resulting health problems can impact family dynamics, finances, and a host of other related problems.

Why should your idea be selected?

Our idea should be selected because it has the potential to be expanded and used by many other groups throughout all of Minnesota. Most people don't go anywhere without their cell phones anymore (Where is yours?), and constant encouragement is only a text message away (How soon do you look at your incoming text message?). Teens are a difficult group to motivate because they just don't see the long-term effects of their lifestyle choices, but we know that many habits are formed early in life. Lack of exercise, poor diet, skipping breakfast, not getting enough sleep...all of these contribute to the increase in obesity rates. We want to try to motivate teens in a way that gets their immediate attention, appeals to the social aspect of the activities, and develops healthy habits along the way. If we can incorporate a little healthy competition along the way, we hope to make it even more inviting. We think that adults would enjoy this just as much as the teenagers.

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