School & Community Action
Body Mass Index (BMI) Data Collection
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a child's weight and height. BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most children and teens. BMI can be considered an alternative for direct measures of body fat. Additionally, BMI is an easy-to-perform method of screening for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
Family Health Program
The CAST Family Health Program (FHP) is a multicultural, bilingual family education program designed to provide behavioral, skill-based training to reverse community risk for child obesity. FHP uses local community resources to support parents as teachers in helping children develop lifelong healthful food and physical activity choices.
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Farm To School
The Farm To School program is operated in various Eugene-Springfield area schools by Willamette Farm and Food Coalition (WFFC), a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a secure and sustainable food system in Lane County, Oregon. Farm To School activities include farm field trips, classroom and garden-based nutrition education, lunch time tasting tables in school cafeterias, and facilitation of the purchase of locally grown produce by Lane County schools.
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Bethel-Danebo Farmers' Market
Farmers' markets can be centers of commercial activity, meeting places, a stage for celebrating culture, and they can also be a link in the community that fights food insecurity. CAST assisted in implementing and supporting a Bethel Farmers' Market at Petersen barn during the summers of 2009 and 2010.
To support the mission of schools in providing physical education, the Healthy Moves Trainer-in-Residence program present lessons in 4th and 5th grade physical education (PE) classrooms for a 6-week period, two sessions per week. Instruction aims at improving student movement skills and confidence while providing elementary teachers a model for conducting future lessons. The trainer presents a standard warm up and cool down, designed to strengthen the body's small muscles that control fine body movement and coordination, and conduct the activity for the day.
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Safe Routes to School Grant
The results of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) surveys conducted in fall 2008 in all seven Bethel elementary schools provided the CAST project with baseline data regarding current attitudes and existing conditions that affect parents' decisions to allow their children to walk or bike to school. This data will act as a tool to guide decisions around improving walking and biking safety for children within the Bethel School District and was used to support a successful Safe Routes to School grant application.