Speak Up For Health!

What if every child could realize that health is the new wealth and they hold the key to their future.

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Founding Story: Share a story about a key experience or spark that helps the network understand why this project got started or a story about how you became inspired about the potential for this project to succeed.

We invite our citizens to have a Unique Learning Experience by participating in our interactive Health Fair. The Fair is a, Family Fun, learn-by-doing, healthy learning activity. Children began to answer question aloud, and were reward. Students are eager to publicly share their thoughts and feelings about health and wellness, and with a new understanding and commitment to promote their own health. Sharpening communication abilities helps young people succeed in their schools and communities.

Which categories describe you? (the answer will not be public)

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian)
  • Native American or Alaska Native (for example: Navajo Nation, Blackfeet Tribe, Mayan, Aztec, Native Village of Barrow Inupial Traditional Government, Nome Eskimo Community)
  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French, Caucasian)

Website

http://www.healthychoicehealthfair.org

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • New Mexico

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]

Albuquerque

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [State]

  • New Mexico

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

Albuquerque

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The goal is to build a knowledge base and desire to significantly improve the quality of life and measurably reduce many preventable diseases for the next generation of New Mexico’s citizens.
Too many young people have something to say but do not have the tools to speak in public effectively and with comfort. Sharpening communication abilities helps young people succeed in a world that demands confidence, articulation and the ability to clearly.

Community Health Fairs can serves as a social empowering program to help our citizens recognize, realize, and promote their human potential through Self–Care Efforts. Citizens talking to each other about Health and Wellness in their own words. Promoting the Value of Health as Wealth is Empowering and inspiring our citizens to be happy and healthy.

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Children who are differently abled
  • Low-income communities
  • Other

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Childcare
  • Child and Family Services
  • Community Development and Empowerment
  • Education
  • Mental Health

Year Founded

2012

Project Stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Example: Walk the network through a specific example of what happens when a person or group engages with your solution.

Adults and children will have a chance to look, ponder, be inspired and amazed about their own human potential. Read, think, feel, and be challenged with new ideas. Talk and ask questions, listen to presentations, and analyze their own ability to make healthy choices decisions, which will promote their own human potential. Short oral Presentations along with Question and Answer time, help stimulate thinking and open feeling. Topics include, Human Potential, Health Promoting / Disease Prevention, Obesity, Sedentary Lifestyles, Self-Love and Family Honor, Transformational Healthy Thinking, Promoting Healthy Relationships , Meditation/Yoga, Oneness with Earth and Universe, Helmet Safety, Teen Pregnancy, Stay in School Promotions, School Bull

Impact: What was the impact of your work last year? Please also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

At our last Speak Up For Health event at South Valley Academy several teachers commented that they had never witnessed their students so engaged in any type of health education program before and were “astonished” by the enthusiasm generated by the program. These comments reflect the feedback that HCHF has repeatedly received on the success of the program as an effective way to get students to talk about health and wellness. Students are eager to publicly share their thoughts and feelings about health and wellness, gaining a new understanding and commitment to promote their own health.

Organization Type

  • nonprofit/NGO/citizen sector

Annual Budget

  • $1k - $10k

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is your solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Healthy Choice Health Fairs will continue to secure funds through foundation grants, local and state funding, corporate and individual donations. An additional revenue source includes the development of a fee-for-services program for corporate wellness health fairs for their employees. We are in the process of developing at least one major fundraising event each year.

Unique Value Proposition: How else is this problem being addressed? Are there other organizations working in the same field, and how does your project differ from these other approaches?

“Speak Up for Health” is a healthy learning activity developed by the Healthy Choice Health Fair (HCHF) that gets our students to improve their speaking skills and making healthy choices. Schools offer a great opportunity to reach out to a large public audience of multicultural/generational community members. HCHF conducts a health fair where ten student volunteers, 5-12 years old, will be given an opportunity to “Speak Up for Health” by answering a Health challenge question with a three minute oral presentation. The contest is a learn-by-doing healthy learning activity.

Reflect on the Field and its Future: Stepping outside of your project, what do you see as the most important or promising shifts that can advance children’s wellbeing?

The goal is to build a knowledge base and desire to significantly improve the quality of life and measurably reduce many preventable diseases for the next generation of New Mexico's citizens. It also serves as a social empowerment program to help citizens to recognize, realize, and promote their human potential through Self-Care Efforts. Starting a conversation and getting our citizens to talk about health and wellness is empowering. Educating our citizens about the value of health as wealth will improve health outcomes.

Source: How did you hear about the Children’s Wellbeing Challenge? (the answer will not be public)

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Actively engaging children and parents about healthier living is a great way to improve children's well being.  I wonder if there's a way to coordinate these health fairs through local schools to increase participation.  Independently it may be tough to raise the money to sustain the program.  Collaborating and partnering with local businesses to sponsor the health fairs might be more promising and it would engage a larger percentage of community members.  Good luck to you!  

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