Try This checklist
Healthy lifestyle opportunities = attractive, healthy community = big economic development advantage.
* Find the community planning checklist here.
* Find a personal checklist here.
This checklist includes every activity square on the Try This Web site. It is a quick and efficient roadmap that will help you:
* develop a range of healthy lifestyle activities in your community as a health/economic development plus
* take a broad look at your community’s healthy lifestyles efforts.
* compare, choose, and prioritize projects.
* become familiar with a wide range of activities and resources your community could try and use
* work as a community team team in an organized way, to plan for a healthier community
* write well-researched grant applications
* find out what other West Virginia communities are doing, so you can contact/visit their projects
Every item on the Try This checklist is linked to a resource page on the Try This Web site.
If you want to know more about an activity, click on the link. You’ll find resources and West Virginia examples.
|Healthy eating in schools|
|Expand/create a Farm to School program|
|Create a school gardening program|
|Build school high tunnel greenhouses|
|Teach kids nutrition: How to make healthy food choices|
|Teach healthy cooking: cook the food you raise|
|Use healthy snacks as teaching tools|
|Support efforts to make school meals more nutritious|
|Provide healthy school breakfast|
|Pay attention to presentation of school food|
|Create healthy child care programs|
|Physical Activity: Schools|
|Weave physical activity through the school-day|
|Get everyday recess in schools|
|Start a school wellness program|
|Organize a Girls on the Run chapter|
|Create school walks; run-for-fun groups; school fitness trails|
|Get kids jumping rope & other aerobic activities|
|Chronic disease prevention|
|Start a diabetes coalition|
|Offer anti-diabetes classes at libraries and public buildings|
|Create school-based health centers|
Part 2: Planning projects. Good questions to ask.
If you answer them now, you’ll avoid problems down the road.
Something else that will help: Read the Try This Guide to Local Project Funding to find out what funders want and expect.
Most funders expect evidence that you have done this kind of planning. This checklist and worksheet can be sent to potential funders to show that you’re doing it.
- Who is already working on this activity and what are they doing? (e.g. If you want to start a farmers market, who is already selling by the road? Who is working on healthy diet? Etc.)
- Who should be at the planning table and help take first steps? (Think beyond agencies: individual community members, retired people, churches, service groups, youth groups, sports groups, local government, Extension … )
- Who already LOVES this activity? How can we get them involved?
- Who/what organization will take the lead on this?
- Where could we carry out this activity?
- What resources will we need to get started?
- What groups or people could contribute resources? For each, list what they might contribute. (If you’ve read your funding guide, you know funders love to see evidence that you’ve started trying to help yourself. They also want to know there are a range of local groups supporting this project.)
- Who will contact these groups about the project?
- Resources/funding (How much do we think this would cost? What can we get donated?
- Who will read the funding guide and work on funding?
- Our next meeting will be: