Niños Saludables, Familias Alegres
A family-centered approach to help participants increase access to and time spent on physical activity in Starr County, Texas.
What we do:
Using the Promotor(a) model, MHP Salud conducts community outreach to promote physical activity among youth and families. Promotores(as) have three main responsibilities: provide outreach daily to the community on incorporating physical activity and to promote the project’s activities and events; provide youth and families guidance and information through interactive sessions related to the incorporation of physical activity; and work with partners to plan community events that provide opportunities to youth and families to incorporate more physical activities into their routine.
How our approach works:
Promotores(as) lead four week pláticas (group sessions) in colonias through which they will present information on physical activity to parents and families in a fun, engaging way appropriate for the age of the participants and lead a family-friendly physical activity. Once parents understand how they can lead a healthy, more physically active life, they are able to lead their children to do the same.
Overall Goal: Increase access to and time spent on physical activity among youth and families in Starr County, Texas.
- Increase in knowledge of physical activity among youth and families by 75% from baseline.
- Increase the time youth and families spend doing physical activity per day from baseline.
- Increase the amount of physical activity within the family unit by engaging families to exercise together at least once a week.
- Establish three joint use agreements with community centers, school districts, or municipalities in Starr County that will allow for access to locations for physical activities.