This past summer, SPARK, Healthy Chesapeake’s newest program, launched. Through the combination of the Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles programs, SPARK provided opportunities for low-income youth to get more physically active and eat healthier foods. SPARK combined the youth physical activity and healthy eating education piece with our student employment program, who were recruited as our student leaders for SPARK. The SPARK program took place at the Broadlawn Community Center and the Rivers Apartment Complex office. Both Broadlawn and the Rivers were our pilot communities. The students who participated in SPARK filled out a physical activity passport in order to receive achievement metals to show their success in the program. The medals were distributed at the Summer Final Jamboree this past August.
Starting October 1st 2017, the SPARK program will relaunch to be an afterschool program. This version of SPARK will provide students with activities, educational opportunities, and homework time outside of school hours in an effort to increase the students physical activity and healthy eating habits. We are excited for the relaunch of our successful SPARK program!