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Health & Wellness Update - March 2017

Posted by: MCI on Saturday, April 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.

 

March 2017

 

Community Efforts

 

Liberty City Fresh Food Co-Op

 

MCI’s monthly Fresh Food Co-Op occurred the same day as the MCI Community Health Fair – March 31st, 2017. MCI returned to normal operations, charging residents $5 for a basket of fresh produce valued at roughly $40. 65 individual families were served, but in total 77 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

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

  • MCI Market
  • MCI Vegetables

Community Health Fair

 

On March 31st, 2017 from 3:00pm-6:00pm MCI hosted a community health fair in collaboration with local partners. In attendance were 22 organizations that provided services in the following areas: early-childhood enrollment, mental health, preventative health care, blood pressure screenings, HIV/Hep C screening, child safety, holistic health, nutrition, physical activity, cooking classes, drug prevention, GED/AS degree programs, chronic disease prevention, asthma, and more. The Health Fair also included yoga, sports fitness, and dance classes for the community to participate in. In total, there were 66 children and families from the community and 172 children from the afterschool program in attendance.

  • MCI Free Blood Pressure Checks
  • MCI Kids
  • MCI Exercise
  • MCI Kids Group
  • MCI Kids Running
  • MCI Snacks
  • MCI collaboration
  • MCI family

At the Community Health Fair, MCI also distributed a survey put together by the Community Collaborative- Build Health Initiative. The Liberty City Community Collaborative for Change: A BUILD Health Challenge is working toward the result of a safe and healthy Liberty City. An

extension of Miami Children’s Initiative Collaborative Table, the Health and Safety committees have joined forces and expanded membership to have a wider and lasting impact. The survey distributed asked community members what their greatest concerns were in regards to health and safety in the neighborhood. Of the responses collected, violence was the concern most frequently expressed by residents. In the recent weeks, there has been a surge of gun-violence and criminal activities in the neighborhood. This is important because the prevalence of violence hinders participation in the services MCI provides, and most importantly threatens the livelihood of our children and families. MCI is focusing efforts on increasing safety so residents feel comfortable leaving their homes and engaging in the larger community.

 

Physical Activity

 

The UFit Gym and Bike Share Program continue to operate Monday – Friday from 2:30-5:30, weather permitting. Below are the participation numbers for March 2017.

 

UFit Gym  | Number of Daily Participants

3/1

3/3

3/6

3/7

3/8

3/9

3/10

3/13

1

0

4

2

0

0

4

1

3/14

3/15

3/16

3/17

3/20

3/21

3/22

3/23

2

5

2

3

0

2

5

2

3/24

3/27

3/28

3/29

3/30

3/31

 

 

2

5

5

1

0

9

 

 

 

Bike Share  | Number of Daily Participants

3/1

3/3

3/6

3/7

3/8

3/9

3/10

3/13

10

7

6

0

10

11

9

10

3/14

3/15

3/16

3/17

3/20

3/21

3/22

3/23

6

8

11

15

10

8

17

11

3/24

3/27

3/28

3/29

3/30

3/31

 

 

0

9

0

0

4

Closed

 

 

*3/31 Closed due to March Health Fair

 

MCI’s community yoga classes only occurred once in the month of March, and this class only consisted of 1 resident. Both instructors were out of town for part of the month, and as such classes did not occur during those weeks. Additionally, the aforementioned safety concerns have been a hindrance to resident participation in some outdoor activities.

 

Additionally, on March 13th and 14th MCI hosted service days to rehabilitate the new space for the UFit Gym. Old furniture was moved out, the entire space was given a deep clean, and the walls were painted. MCI has placed an order for gym flooring and mirrors that will be installed early April. The gym has been proposed to open the week of April 17th pending this installation and the transfer of equipment to the new space.

 

Healthy Cooking Classes

 

MCI has begun implementing 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

 

healthy hydration, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and food groups. Below are the participation numbers for each lesson.

 

Common Threads | Number of Daily Participants

Lincoln Fields

 

3/8

3/17

3/24

3/30

APRIL

23

16

17

7

 

* participation was low on 3/30 because of an act of gun violence in the complex

  • MCI Healthy Kid
  • MCI Healthy Kids
  • MCI Healthy Kids
  • MCI Healthy Kids

 

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.

 

Common Threads | Number of Daily Participants

Project Promise (K-5)

 

3/1

3/8

3/15

3/22

3/29

110

109

111

108

102

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

 

3/1

3/8

3/15

3/22

3/29

69

73

66

64

71

Totals

 

3/1

3/8

3/15

3/22

3/29

179

182

177

172

173

  • MCI Cabbage
  • MCI Peppers
  • MCI Cabbage
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