This year MOVE partner ICHS has received funding from the Aetna Foundation to support digital story work focused on chronic disease prevention, health equity, and community empowerment. MOVE-ICHS will work with community members to produce stories on a range of chronic disease prevention topics such as access to health, fresh grown foods, and tobacco prevention. The team is already at work and has three stories in process related to healthy food access and diabetes prevention.
At MOVE, our goal is for our community partners to have the capacity in-house to produce and disseminate stories. At our quarterly advisory board meeting on Friday, it was exciting to hear about the different ways that MOVE partners are integrating digital storytelling into their outreach strategies.
“It was very exciting sharing Step-by- Step with the City of Des Moines during their council meeting—the Council and the audience of about 30 people watched and listened carefully. Step-by-Step and all the local partners helped move the Healthy Des Moines movement and our healthy eating active living outcomes forward in the City.” Sue Anderson, Former Policy Analyst, City of Des Moines and MOVE advisory board member
What can a school district do to encourage healthy students? Aimee, from Highline Public Schools, created a story to talk about efforts over the past several years to improve health outcomes for Highline's students, families and community. They began with a simple fact: Schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if their students and staff are not healthy.
We're particularly excited by this new story that brings together institutional change, obesity prevention, and .....acroyoga. Watch Dr. Lenna Liu's story -- it will not only have you requesting your schools and workplace to get rid of their soda machines, it might get you signed up for circus classes!
In a few weeks, we'll be announcing activities to celebrate the one year celebration of MOVE in late October. Given the upcoming elections, we'll be focusing on MOVE stories designed to foster civic engagement. To get your wheels spinning, we would like to share a few stories created before the 2004 elections as part of the Better Questions, Better Decisions Voter Education Initiative, now the Right Question Voter Engagement Strategy.
Improving the access to healthy and appropriate foods in the South Park neighborhood has been an ongoing focus of the MOVE project. A wide variety of projects and partners have been working hard to grow local produce and improve food access, some for many years. We wanted to check in on how things are going in South Park, especially since it is the height of harvest season.