Approaches to Healthy Living: barriers and facilitators for eating fruits and vegetables, being physically active, and healthy sleep practices

Investigator: Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD

Funding: Institutional Research Grant from American Cancer Society

Background

Policy/Practice Implications:
Led to discussion of replacing unhealthy food choices at school lunch
Middle school students publicly spoke out about what they learned and what was important to them at community events
Community events provided an opportunity for multi-generational sharing of ideas and way to inspire healthy living
Community event elicited press release about healthy eating/active living
Showcased posters at the New Hampshire Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) conference and at the Foundation for Healthy Communities in Concord, NH

Project Description: A series of exploratory photovoice studies across multiple years with several groups of middle school students, high school students, and older adults in rural New Hampshire

Health Issues: Cancer prevention, obesity, healthy eating, active living, and healthy sleep practices

Lessons learned: 
Photovoice enables youth and adults who are not accustomed to being asked their opinion to share views
Photovoice community events are an effective tool to build trust and rapport between institution and community to facilitate effective research
The process led to unintended positive energy toward individual behavior change in participants!