CHHS Exercise Science Student Develops Grant to Address Childhood Obesity as a Part of a Directed Independent Study

CHHS Exercise Science Student Develops Grant to Address Childhood Obesity as a Part of a Directed Independent Study

CHHS Exercise Science student, Kelsey Bryan developed a grant proposal to address childhood obesity as a part of a Directed Independent Study.

The project, funded by Active Routes to School for $1500, attempts to increase daily physical activity among students at Anderson Elementary School in New Hanover County. 

According to the Cape Fear Teen Health Council, nearly 31 percent of children in New Hanover County are overweight or obese.  

The project will utilize an app called Active4Me to encourage children to choose an active route to school every Wednesday of the school year.

Each child who registers to participate in the program is given a unique barcode. A parent, community volunteer, or UNCW physical education intern will scan the barcodes upon arrival at school using a smart phone or iPad. The app generates real-time stats such as miles traveled, CO2 saved, calories burned and progress toward a specified milestone (i.e. 10 active trips to school).

Students are challenged to reach a certain goal in order to earn various incentives. Additionally, the app can be programmed to award “monkey money,” a virtual money that students earn for making active trips to school and then trade in for prizes. Additionally, as soon as a child’s barcode is scanned, his or her parents receive a notification that their child has made it to school safely.