The American Diabetes Association is committed to reaching communities across the country in preventing type 2 diabetes. Recent studies report that 1 out of 3 American youth are overweight, and that the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. We also know that obesity puts children at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and complications such as, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Project Power is the American Diabetes Association initiative to slow the trajectory of childhood obesity through health promotion, nutrition education, increased physical activity and family involvement for elementary and middle school-aged children to prevent obesity, diabetes and its complications. Through interactive sessions for youth and families, our goal is to improve and sustain increased physical activity levels in youth, empower children to adapt healthy lifestyle habits and to encourage healthy household behaviors.
Project Power utilizes an evidence-based curriculum composed of nutrition education and physical activities to foster active living and healthy eating for the entire family. Whole family engagement encourages youth participants to learn and practice together while empowering them to share their and values with the rest of the family, in time also helping the entire household to adopt healthy habits.
Our program focuses on the following:
- Nutrition Education
- Food Groups & Portion Control
- Healthy Snacking
- Physical Activity
- Physical Activity Sessions
- Interactive Games
- Family Engagement
- Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessments
- Community Resources
For additional information, or to bring Project Power to your area, please contact ProjectPower@diabetes.org.