Webinar: Community Workshop Series (Part 1 of 6)

Uploaded by ODPHP on 09.10.2012

AMBER MOSHER: Good afternoon, everyone. And I thank you for taking time out of your busy
day to join our “Eat Healthy, Be Active” Community Workshops webinar, making a workshop
series a hit in your community. My name is Amber Mosher and I am currently a Prevention
Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion.
I am joined this afternoon by our two presenters, my colleague, Dr. Katrina Butner and Sarah
Burkett from Virginia Cooperative Extension. Katrina and Sarah were both involved in developing
or pilot testing the community workshops and are looking forward to sharing their useful
insights and experiences that they gained along the way.
These are our three broad objectives that we hope to accomplish this hour. Of course
our focus will be the pilot-tested “Eat Healthy, Be Active” Community Workshops
series that health professionals and community leaders like yourselves can use all across
the country to help others make healthy food choices and be more active everyday.
So at this time it is my pleasure to introduce our first presenter, Dr. Katrina Butner from
the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Katrina has a Ph.D. in Clinical
Exercise Physiology in nutrition from Virginia Tech and is also an exercise physiologist
and registered dietitian. In her current role as Physical Activity and Nutrition Advisor
at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Katrina developed and led pilot-testing
for the community workshop series. Welcome, Katrina.
DR. KATRINA BUTNER: Thank you, Amber, for the introduction. The “Eat Healthy, Be Active”
Community Workshops series is an educational resource tool that translates key recommendations
from the dietary guidelines for Americans and the physical activities for Americans
into action-oriented concepts. The series includes six one-hour workshops that are easy
to use, interactive, and focus on providing how-to tips and resources to help adults adopt
the recommended healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
The community workshops were designed to help community leaders facilitate positive eating
and physical activity behavior changes throughout their communities. The workshops are intended
to be used by a variety of community leaders and educators, even though without an extensive
nutrition background. This includes community educators, health professionals, dieticians,
nutritionists, cooperative extension agents and others.
On today’s webinar, I’m first going to share additional information about the workshops
themselves and then discuss the process we use to pilot test the workshops. The workshops
focus on six broad topics, including “Enjoy healthy food that taste great,” “Quick
healthy meals and snacks,” “Healthy eating on a budget,” in addition to “Top Tips
for losing weight and keeping it off,” “Making healthy eating a part of your total lifestyle,”
and “Physical activity is a key to living well.”
While each workshop contains information and tips on both nutrition and physical activity
topics, workshop six is specifically focused on translating the key messages from the physical
activity guidelines for Americans. This workshop includes a longer activity period which demonstrates
with both pictures and text how to perform various strength training activities.
As mentioned previously, the workshops are based on the key consumer messages from both
the dietary guidelines for Americans and the physical activities for Americans. This slide
shows the key consumer messages from the most recent edition of the dietary guidelines released
in 2010 including balancing calories, enjoy your food but eat less, and avoid oversized
There are also recommendations of foods to increase, make half your plate fruits and
vegetables, make at least half your grains whole grains, and switch to fat free or low
fat one percent milk. In addition, are recommendations of foods to decrease, compare sodium in foods
like soup, bread and frozen meals, and chose foods with lower numbers, and drink water
instead of sugary drinks.
Healthy eating and physical activity work hand in hand to make us live healthier lives.
This slide shows the recommendations contained in the physical activity guidelines for both
adults and children. The guidelines are based upon research which shows how much activity
adults and youth eat need each day or week to achieve health benefits. Adults are considered
individuals 18 and older, while children and adolescent recommendations are for youth ages
6 to 17. The physical activity guidelines recommend that adults be physically active
for at least two hours and thirty minutes each week, at 150 minutes, and do multiple
strengthening activities two days each week. Children need at least 60 minutes of activity
each day.
The workshop series is a comprehensive educational resource tool that includes everything you
need to start teaching in your community today. Each workshop is comprehensive and includes
several components. The next two slides will detail some of these components, and will
provide some examples contained in the workshops.
Each workshop starts with a lesson plan, which walks you through each portion of the workshop
and gives approximate time estimates for each segment. This is especially important to review
prior to teaching to ensure you’re comfortable with each section.
Learning objectives provide the key topics which will be covered in each workshop. Talking
points guide you through the handouts and activities and provide relevant and useful
tips. Ice-breakers provide an activity for participants to do as they are coming into
the workshop. In several lessons this is a taste test where participants can try some
new spices or see if they can identify a store brand canned fruit versus a generic brand.
Or describe someone who bingo game, which is shown on your slide, can be used as a way
for participants to get to know one another. This activity encourages participants to walk
around the room and talk to one another so that they can complete their bingo card and
learn more about other participants.
Hands on activities are also included. One example is a demonstration of how much sugar
is in a can of cola, or using grocery store ads to identify sales and plan meals for the
This slide shows some of the additional components of the workshop. Each workshop contains several
educational handouts specific to the workshop. The example here is on slow cooker tips and
recipes. For these activities it’s suggested that you demonstrate preparing an easy meal
with only a few ingredients using a slow cooker. The handouts provided within this workshop
provide the recipe for the demonstration as well as other easy recipes using a slow cooker.
Each workshop contains a stretch break about midway through the class. This provides an
opportunity for everyone to get up, stretch their legs, and do a quick activity. The first
five workshops also include a short video which demonstrate the key objectives of each
workshops. On our website you’ll find the video clips for the first five workshops that
you can show to participants to support each of the workshop learning objectives.
The results of focus group testing in our office highlighted the need to provide learning
opportunities in a variety of ways. Therefore, these workshops contain written, verbal and
visual information in the form of handouts, spoken information provided by the instructor
and videos to further help convey key messages.
Each workshop was built upon a key two-page handout. The handouts were developed using
health literacy principles and tested in focus groups of adults aged 18 to 64 with various
education levels, including those with health literacy limitations. The handouts look similar
to the ones shown here, and include short personal vignettes to further help demonstrate
how healthy eating and being physical active can fit into one’s life. The handouts are
available to download separately in both English and Spanish on the dietary guidelines website.
In addition to the handouts and resources developed specifically for the workshop, our
office collaborated with the agencies across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
and the Department of Agriculture to incorporate other materials from successful programs and
initiatives into the workshop series. The workshops included resources and materials
from the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition,
and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion at USDA. These agencies and offices carry
out a variety of nutrition and physical activity initiatives and programs nationwide, and we’re
grateful to them for their collaboration.
Some of the initiatives highlighted in the series include USDA’s “My Plate,” NIH’s
educational program “We Can,” food labeling and food safety information from the FDA,
and the President’s Council Palate Plus program, which is a six-week program with
specific weekly nutrition and physical activity goals based on the dietary guidelines for
Americans and the physical activity guidelines for Americans. You can find more information
about these and other programs and resources using the links found in the appendix of the
community workshop.