VA: Rosedale Problem Statement

Visual Advocacy Statement of Problem

Problem/Question Statement
How can design empower elementary school students to make healthier lifestyle choices?


we're really interested in health in education. We found that more than half of those enrolled in school in rosedale are in k-12, which is the youth. From there, we noticed that 84.5% of k-12 rosedale students go to public school.

Our target audience: 

Rosedale Youth (ages 4 to 12) enrolled in Rosedale public elementary schools.

Supporting audience:
Family (parents/guardians)
Rosedale Elementary School Teachers and Administrators
Members of the Healthy Kids Initiative
Rosedale Development Association


Rosedale, Kansas has a childhood obesity rate of 51% compared to 29% statewide

receptivity gradient: take the kids from "accept ideas" to "acting on the opinion"

Following is Information from Mary Welsh, Principal, Frank Rushton Elementary

Some physical activities that they participate in afterschool:

-Girls/Moms on the Move (fall and spring for girls in gr. 3-5)
-Walking Club (all grades, parents invited, during some fall and spring months)
-Kickball Club (all grades, spring)
-Walking Wednesdays (used to be Walking Schoolbus, during fall and spring)
-Healthy Kids Club (gr. 3-4, shorter sessions for gr. 1-2)
-Kidzone which offers a martial arts component for a few weeks each

Some educational health activities and projects/programs in place:

-They participate in the Energy Balance for Kids Program (gr. 3-5)It increased knowledge about healthy food choices and taught new games/activities. It also helped change the school lunch program in our district.
-grades 1 and 4 participate in the school garden project.
-Healthy eating is informally taught for all grades. Some grades have a more direct focus than others.

-They have 2 30 minute PE periods each week. Most of the kids enjoy them because it provides them with a variety of fun activities that incorporate new games or use of equipment that they otherwise don't have available.

Outside influences:

-Parent involvement varies greatly. Some parents fully participate; others have time/transportation limitations but support their children in participating.
-Financial status can impact nutritional choices. Some families with less resources rely on cheaper processed food. Some neighborhood stores have less options for fresh produce, meat, fish, etc.


Our research is still in progress. We've been in contact with other educators in Rosedale and plan to and we plan on meeting with them this week.

But here is what we've realized, Rosedale has many great activities and initiatives happening to encourage healthy lifestyle choices, but we're interested in how we can really empower kids to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

What if the after effect could eventually become: [receptivity gradient: "acting on opinion" to "become advocate"] in their futures?

Hope to Change
We want to empower elementary school students to make healthier lifestyle choices by teaming up with rosedale elementary schools and organizations to create rewards(incentives) for successful participation in health education activities.

How those changes will be measured
Success will be measured by an increase in healthier lifestyle choices made by Rosedale Elementary School students.

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