Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico

by Yo Quiero Yo Puedo
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Help fight childhood obesity in Mexico
Global Diabetes Walk
Global Diabetes Walk

 Dear GlobalGiver,

Thank you for your support to make a healthy future possible for the kids of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez. Over the past three years, thanks to you, we have been able to reach 712 teachers, 6,000 parents and over 10,000 elementary school kids. And the community has loved the experience: parents rate the workshops 9.7 out of 10.

Today, 90% of moms and dads have a positive attitude towards healthy eating and 94% feel able to support their kids in being physically active. Today, 40% more teachers (role models!) and 15% more girls and boys drink sufficient plain water each day. Parents have gotten involved for the first time in the kinds of foods being offered in their kids´ school lunches. Parents even got so excited, that they asked us for even more information about how to prepare healthy food.

What´s next? We will be closing the fundraising on GlobalGiving, but your impact doesn´t end. Now that the program is over, we are sharing the recipe book with the schools that made up the control group (we couldn´t share it with them before because it would have altered the evaluation results), so that they can benefit to. Health and education authorities, teachers and parents have also asked us to implement the program for all grades, so we are looking for institutional funders interested in supporting this scale up.

Please take a look at the photos below, from different years of the program, and delight in how much fun the kids, and the whole community, had learning and becoming healthy.

We also invite you to check out our other projects that are in need of your support, including our project to end the sale of girls into marriage in Mexico.

With gratitude,

Shoshana and all Yo quiero Yo puedo

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Dear GlobalGivers,

Our evaluation team has been working hard this summer to analyze the results of the final year of the “I want to, I can… improve childhood nutrition and prevent diabetes” program so that we can show you what your donations have achieved and keep strengthening the program. The first results are in and we are exciting to share them with you!

This past year, 75 teachers and more than 2,000 primary school students were part of the program in Ciudad Juarez (right on the U.S. border) and Chihuahua.

96% of teachers are very satisfied or satisfied with having participated and 100% say they would like to participate in additional workshops. The preliminary evaluation results show that all the teachers are empowered, and 90% of them are regularly undertaking actions to promote health in their classroom. In your mind´s eye, can you see them promoting respect for all students, teaching about the risks of childhood obesity and the importance of playing sports and eating healthily, and showing how to resolve conflicts peacefully? If not, see the pictures at the very bottom of this report!

And the kids? They learned and they moved their bodies throughout the two years. Today, 82% of students tell us that the program helped them improve their eating habits. Preliminary results show a 15% increase in the number of students who drink enough water, for example.

As you know, we worked with parents too, to bring the program from the classroom to the home. You can see them hard at play- learning- in some of the pictures below. Today, 96% of moms and dads feel prepared to improve their kids´ eating and 94% feel fully ready to motivate their children to be active and play sports with them.

As you take a look at the pictures below, check out the vision tree of 5th grader, Hiram, to see everything he dreams of in life and how health will help him achieve it.

All this, thanks to your support. One teacher told us: “The program was so dynamic, it wasn´t just about information but about working on all aspects that enrich us as people. Thank you to Yo quiero Yo puedo for your excellent work and commitment.”

Will you help us expand this program to other cities?

With gratitude,

Yo quiero Yo puedo

Parents participate too, and grow and learn
Parents participate too, and grow and learn
Hands on learning for parents
Hands on learning for parents
Hirams vision tree
Hirams vision tree
Kids learning through play in the classroom
Kids learning through play in the classroom
Kids learning experientially
Kids learning experientially
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So immersed in learning and growing
So immersed in learning and growing

Dear GlobalGivers,

Time for another report from the field! Right now, as you read this, teachers are implementing with their students the School-Based Diabetes Prevention Program that you have made possible.

As you know, teachers first received training on obesity and diabetes and on how to enable changes. They get it. Now each of them is using their program kit to implement activities with their students, in weekly sessions during the school day.

Teachers are now agents of change– we are seeing how they influence other teachers and their students. When teachers care for and respect themselves and their bodies, kids learn to too. Students are eating more fruits and veggies, drinking more water and less soda. Though change doesn´t happen overnight, we are already seeing more and more kids who are aware and making decisions to care for their bodies. And more and more their self-efficacy is growing: for example many more students now believe that it is possible to play sports in the afternoon even when one has a lot of homework.

The workshops with parents are also making waves— parents are realizing for the first time the impact the home environment can have, and how many habits kids pick up at home. For many, this is the first time they realize, and reflect on, the fact that they are role models for their kids.

Teachers and students alike tell us that they love the program and its materials (check out the picture below), and the fact that they get to learn through play. In a brief exit survey, that used a scale of 0-10, participants rated with an average score of 9.76 that they “learned something new” and with an average score of 9.78 that they “improved their skills”. They are getting it!

Take a look at the video collage attached to see what all this looks like in the schools!

With gratitude,

Yo quiero Yo puedo

Hands on!
Hands on!

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What healthy change looks like!
What healthy change looks like!

Happy almost spring, GlobalGivers!

In Chihuahua, the temperatures are heating up, and our program keeps ramping up! We have officially expanded from 40 to 187 schools in large part thanks to you, and have been focused on making sure all the new teachers get the complete training they need to be effective agents of change for their students’ health, since Mexican kids spend more of their waking time in school than anywhere else. Through the interactive, playful techniques we are experts in, teachers learned, reflected, acquired new skills and shifted their attitudes. Imagine someone who was taught, and teaches, using rote memorization, but now is building critical thinking skills that will help their students learn and be healthy. Attached find a couple of the letters teachers wrote us at the end of the most recent workshops. And here they are in English for you!

Ana Karen teaches in a low-income community just by the US border: “The session was dynamic and different from other workshops. This one was designed with the intention of participants self-reflecting and acquiring knowledge to take to schools and replicate techniques with students. Thank you!

Ramon Arturo is a 5th grade teacher in Chihuahua state: “Excellent opportunity to strengthen self-care and prevention of a degenerative chronic disease like diabetes, not only with my students but also for myself as a person, at home and at work.”

Mayra Susana, a teacher in Ciudad Juarez, also shared: “I am very motivated to lead this workshop with my students and educational center, I leave grateful and hoping to be part of more of these workshops in the future. Thank you!

We are starting to use social media to reinforce key messages with teachers on an ongoing basis as they go back to their schools to teach what they have learned. But already the schools are asking us to train teachers of all grades, not just 5th graders. Let’s see if we can make it happen!

Many thanks for your continued support

Teachers gain new skills and abilities!
Teachers gain new skills and abilities!
Don't you wish you were there?
Don't you wish you were there?

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Dear GlobalGivers,

We believe that our actions for our lives today determine the reality we will experience tomorrow. That is why last month we celebrated #WorldDiabetesDay with our students in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, in movement. Talk about budding agents of change! Over the course of the day, students, teachers and parents from our schools around the state walked for their health, and for change in their country. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, take a look below.

Additinally, as a refresher, all this work will get us to pretty important results:

  • Increase teachers’, parents’ and kids’ life skills for preventing childhood obesity
  • Reducing teachers’, parents’ and kids’ myths, shame and fear associated with poor nutrition
  • Social norms shifting toward the prevention of childhood obesity
  • Primary school students exercising more frequently
  • Primary school students eating less sugary and processed foods.
    In short, healthier, happier, empowered kids.

Let's keep on walkin' together,
Yo quiero Yo puedo

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Yo Quiero Yo Puedo

Location: Mexico City, Mexico - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Shoshana Grossman-Crist
Mexico City, Mexico

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