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					  H.D. Woodson Senior
       High School
“Warriors for Healthy Living”




   District of Columbia Department of Health
   Maternal and Family Health Administration
    Purpose of the Project
To address the growing problem of obesity and
    diminishing participation in regular activity
  among adolescents. Identification of barriers to
   proper nutritional and physical activity habits,
coupled with implementation of “mini” initiatives,
will aid the District in developing model programs
      that will ultimately assist in reducing the
 likelihood of adolescents developing preventable
           chronic diseases in adulthood.
          District of Columbia
          Demographics, 2000
The District is the home of a very diverse
population, with many different age and
ethnic groups comprising the population.


•   572,059 total population

•   119,708 adolescents (21%)
    between 10-24 years of age

   62,480 adolescents (11%)
    between 14-18 years of age
    (high school age)
Obesity and Lack of Physical Activity,
    United States vs. District of
          Columbia, 2001
60                                                   56.7

50
                                                                    Overweight
40
                        31.2
                                                                    At Risk of Being
30
                                                                    Obese
                 13.6                  14.6 15
20                                                                  Insufficient Physical
          10.5                                                      Activity
10

 0
          United States                   District of
                                          Columbia

     Source: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, United States 2001
 The Obesity Epidemic in Adolescents:
Adolescents Reporting Being Overweight,
  United States vs. District of Columbia
               1999-2001
   16                                                 14.6

   14                     12.3
   12                                        10.5
                9.9
   10
                                                                          United States
    8
                                                                          District of Columbia
    6
    4
    2
    0
                    1999                         2001

Source: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, United States 1997,1999, 2001
                  Five Leading Causes of Death in the
                       District of Columbia, 2000
                             300
                                     273.7
                                                   232.3
                             250
  (per 100,000 population)




                             200
            Rate




                             150



                             100

                                                                41.3               39.5           39.3
                             50



                              0
                                   Heart Disease   Cancer    Hypertension      Cerebrovascular   HIV/AIDS
                                                                                  Disease
                                                               Cause

District of Columbia State Center for Health Statistics Administration, 2003
    H.D. Woodson Senior High
    School Area Demographics
   Located in Ward 7           Highest death rate
                                 from heart disease

                                Highest death rate
   64,704 total residents       from diabetes related
                                 illnesses

   27.9% of residents          3rd highest death rate
    under the age of 18          from hypertension
    Woodson Wellness Center:
        Services Offered
   Immunizations               Individual and group
                                 counseling


   School physical exams       Nutrition and
                                 education counseling

                                Health promotion and
   Laboratory testing and
    referral                     education sessions
Woodson Wellness Center
Nearly 450 students receive services at the
 Wellness Center each year. Of that 450,
     about 40% are clinically obese.




CLEARLY, THERE IS A NEED FOR
       INTERVENTION!
                 Woodson
  Warriors for Healthy Living Intervention

Four Phase Program

     I. Chart Review and Student Survey

     II. Student Focus groups

     III. “Warrior” Sessions

     IV. Student Evaluation
            Woodson
Warriors for Healthy Living Goals

   •To spread and promote awareness


   •To positively influence knowledge and
   attitudes
                Phase I
    Chart Review and Student Survey
   Woodson Wellness Center client records were reviewed
    for various health indicators

   Students were given a short, voluntary 5 question survey
    regarding attitudes about healthy living, health behaviors,
    and eating habits
      Phase II
Student Focus Groups
     1-2 focus groups

     Wellness Center students will talk about
      and plan programs they would like to see
      addressing health, lifestyles, and physical
      wellbeing

     Engage natural and elected leaders at the
      high school to become “warriors for
      health” among their peer groups
                     Phase III
                 “Warrior” Sessions
 8-9 breakout sessions throughout the year would occur once
a month during lunchtime

 Results of student focus groups would be combined with
three focus areas: Nutrition, Exercise, and Enrichment

          Some suggested topics for discussion are:
      Nutrition            Exercise          Enrichment
    Cooking Right,                           Body Image:
                       Dance Your Way to
     Eating Right           Fitness           The Mirror
                                             ALWAYS Lies
                    Phase IV
                Student Evaluation
   1-2 student focus groups

   Will talk about effectiveness of
    program

   Devise ways to change and expand
    the program to include more
    students and more effective
    interventions
              Woodson
Warriors for Health Living Finish Line


The Woodson Warriors for Healthy Living is
 a unique program which places the focus on
   the needs of the adolescents by allowing
        them to shape the curriculum.
Woodson Warriors for Healthy
 Living Contact Information

    Deneen Long-White, Project Lead

    Sally Lawrence, Project Co-Lead

   825 North Capitol Street, NE, 3rd Floor
         Washington, DC 20002
              (202) 442-5925
           Acknowledgements
   Marilyn Seabrooks-Myrdal, Maternal and Child Health
    Officer, DC Department of Health

   CityMatCH Data Use Institute 2002-2003

   HD Woodson Senior High School Administration and
    Staff

   HD Woodson Wellness Center Staff

   District of Columbia Data Use Institute Team Members

				
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