Community Engagement Update - April 2017

Posted by: MCI on Monday, May 1, 2017

Program Overview

Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) has launched a comprehensive Health and Wellness Program to promote the physical and emotional health of Liberty City’s children and families. Compared to other communities in Miami-Dade County, Liberty City residents have historically experienced greater prevalence of health issues such as asthma, obesity and diet-related diseases; as well as physical inactivity, poor dietary habits, and psycho-social stressors. These prominent health issues are the result of limited access to healthy, affordable food options, absence of a built environment suitable for physical activity, and lastly, lack of social support in the community to cope with the daily stressors associated with an overall low socioeconomic status.

 

April 2017

 

Community Efforts

 

Liberty City Fresh Food Co-Op

 

MCI’s monthly Fresh Food Co-Op occurred on April 28th, 2017. MCI returned to normal operations, charging residents $5 for a basket of fresh produce valued at roughly $40. individual families were served, but in total 62 shares were given away. MCI permits families to take 2 shares due to the large number of children often found in households.

 

Liberty City  Fresh Food Co-op | Number of Families Served

August

September

October

November

December

January

February

March

54

56

61

68

57

56

78

64

April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*reflects number of families served, number of shares given away may be greater than number of families served.                       

 

  • MCI Cabbage
  • MCI Peppers


 
Community Gym Launch
 

On April 22nd, 2017 there was a day of service to complete a mural on the outside of the building. 6 volunteers joined three MCI staff members to create a visual that incorporated wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, basketball, and football. Visual signs of change are a signature of MCI, and facilitate welcoming environments for community members.

 

  • MCI Community Gym Launch
  • MCI Community Gym Launch

 

  • MCI Community Gym Launch
  • MCI Community Gym Launch


   MCI Community Gym Launch

 

On April, 27th 2017 MCI launched it’s free community gym open to all of Liberty City. The gym is located in a previously unused room at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center. The room needed consirable modifications, and as such MCI staff and volunteers have been refurbishing the space for the last two months. New equipment was purchased by MCI, and community partners generously donated pieces as well. The space also features an area in which fitness classes, such as yoga and Zumba, can be conducted. On the day of the launch, we had 20 community members come to the gym. The launch event also featured smoothies sponsored by SmoothieKing that were distributed to community members who attended and children in the after-school programs.

 

As part of the gym launch, MCI simultaneously launched a Health & Wellness Membership. This membership is available to anyone 18 and older. The membership is free and features the following benefits:

  • Reduced price at the Liberty City Fresh Food Co-Op
  • Gym Membership
  • Access to free fitness, wellness, and cooking classes
  • Health Screenings

In return for these membership services, MCI requires that members do the following:

  • Attend 10/12 monthly food co-op
  • Attend 12 workshops per year
  • Receive quarterly health screenings and a yearly physical
  • Participate in 2 recreation activities per month

 

MCI also created a gym membership specifically for youth in the community ages 13-18. This gives them access to gym membership perks (such as free recreation/fitness classes), and requires that they have a yearly physical and maintain a GPA of 2.0.

 

So far, 19 youth have signed up for a membership, and 4 adults have signed up for a Health & Wellness membership.

 

BEFORE

 

AFTER

 

 

 

Physical Activity

 

The Community Gym has new hours, and will be operating Monday-Friday from 3:00-7:00pm.  The Bike Share Program continues to operate Monday – Friday from 2:30-5:30, weather permitting. Below are the participation numbers for April 2017.

 

Community Gym  | Number of Daily Participants

4/3/17

4/4/17

4/5/17

4/6/17

4/7/17

4/10/17

4/11/17

4/12/17

3

2

2

0

1

4

0

0

4/13/17

4/14/17

4/17/17

4/18/17

4/19/17

4/20/17

4/21/17

4/24/17

0

0

2

1

10

0

0

1

4/25/17

4/26/17

4/27/17

4/28/17

 

 

 

 

0

0

20

9

 

 

 

 

*4/11-14 closed for spring break field trips, 4/18 closed for rain, 4/25-26 closed to prep for gym launch

Bike Share  | Number of Daily Participants

4/3/17

4/4/17

4/5/17

4/6/17

4/7/17

4/10/17

4/11/17

4/12/17

4

13

7

12

10

19

0

0

4/13/17

4/14/17

4/17/17

4/18/17

4/19/17

4/20/17

4/21/17

4/24/17

0

0

11

0

13

17

15

11

4/25/17

4/26/17

4/27/17

4/28/17

 

 

 

 

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

*4/11-4/14 closed for spring break field trips, 4/18 closed for rain,4/27 closed due to community gym launch, 4/25-26 closed to prep for gym launch

 

 

Healthy Cooking Classes

 

MCI continues to implement Common Threads for the children who attend the Lincoln Fields Community Space. This is not an afterschool program, but the children are engaged from 3:00-5:00pm everyday by MCI staff in various activities. This month, the children learned about dairy, protein, healthy snacks, and sugar consumption.

 

Common Threads | Number of Daily Participants

Lincoln Fields   

4/3

4/25

14

10

 

 

After-School Program Efforts

 

Nutrition and Healthy Cooking Education

The second round of Common Threads curriculum began February 15th, 2017. This curriculum is being implemented every Wednesday in the Project Promise and Growing Learners after-school programs. The children will be repeating the Small Bites Curriculum, but staff will utilize new activities and recipes. Through this redundancy, MCI aims to increase our children’s mastery of essential nutrition concepts. The final lesson of the Small Bites Curriculum was completed on April 26th, 2017.

 

Common Threads | Number of Daily Participants

Project Promise (K-5) 

4/5/17

4/12/17

4/19/17

4/26/17

96

Spring Break

109

100

Growing Learners (3,4,& 5 Y.O.)

4/5/17

4/12/17

4/19/17

4/26/17

70

Spring Break

69

71

Totals

4/5/17

4/12/17

4/19/17

4/26/17

166

N/A

178

171

 

Physical Activity

 

During Spring Break, MCI staff hosted events to keep children, both in the community  and those enrolled in the after school program, engaged throughout the day. Two of these events centered around physical activity. The first was field day, which took place on Monday, April 10th, 2017. Field day consisted of various sports related activities and games, such as soccer and relay races, in which the children competed in teams. Secondly, MCI utilized the bike share through a community bike ride on Thursday, April 13th, 2017. The children were able to ride a set route, led by MCI staff, through the neighborhood surrounding Charles R. Drew K-8 Center.

 

 

Spring Break  | Number of Daily Participants

After School Program 

4/10/17

4/13/17

39

N/A – Field Trip

Community

4/10/17

4/13/17

18

22

Totals

4/10/17

4/13/17

57

22

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