Well Prepared Program

ΩΨΦ Well-Prepared Program

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, under the leadership of  Grand Basileus, Dr. David L. Marion, has launched the Well-Prepared Program (WPP) a childhood obesity prevention initiative created for families with elementary age (3rd-6th grade) children. This WPP initiative is being supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health. Five (5) chapters submitted applications and have been selected to implement this ‘pilot program initiative’ during the 2020-2021 year.  Each chapter received a $5,000 mini-grant to implement this program.

Omega Psi Phi will lead the implementation of this obesity intervention that will provide information to both children and their parents.  The goal is to identify children at the elementary age range, as it will be easier to form new healthy eating and activity habits early than intervening after elementary school when many of these behaviors are already set.  For children, the intervention will take place as an after-school activity that will introduce healthy eating, cooking lessons and physical activity.  The parent modules will cover topics that run parallel to what the children learn after school so that the information translates to being used at home. Each module will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour to implement.

Children Modules

  • Healthy Eating
  • Screen Time
  • Being Physically Active

Parent Modules

  • Healthy Weight
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Zero Sweetened Beverages
  • Meal Planning/Shopping on a Budget
  • Screen Time and Physical Activity
  • Sleep and Mental Wellness

Timeline for Well Prepared: An Obesity Intervention Program

  • August-October – Convene Community Advisory Board (CAB) for input on modules and program components
  • Sept-November – Update Curriculum Modules with additional materials and resources
  • Sept-November – Provide initial Virtual Training for chapters on updated Modules
  • October-January – Recruitment of children and parents/families
  • February-June – Implementation of Modules; participate in scheduled Conference Calls; administer pre-survey at beginning of module implementation and post-survey during final session
  • June-July – Collection of Post-surveys to begin compilation of data for final report; Collaborate with consultant to prepare a summary report to  Present at Leadership Conference, if funds are available
  • July – If funds are available, chapter representatives may provide preliminary information regarding the results of the intervention at their Leadership Seminar
  • August 31 – Chapter Final Report to be submitted to Consultant
  • November, 2021 – Final Report submitted to NIMHD

Final Report: In collaboration with the NIMHD Consultant, Dr. Juanita Sims Doty, contracted to lead the design and facilitation of the WPP, Omega will work to provide support and information for the final report that summarizes the final implementation plan, the demographics of the participants, and suggested information for additional interventions. The final report will include the breakdown of the steps necessary to run the program, and any adaptions that were utilized to increase engagement/retention, data regarding participant usability (number of dropouts, number of participants with full completion, etc.). Results of a pre-posttest assessment of attitudes, knowledge, and activity level will be communicated as part of the final report. In addition, a brief plain language document summarizing the findings from the intervention will be developed that can be disseminated to the community participants.

NIMHD Mission/Vision:
NIMHD envisions an America in which all populations will have an equal opportunity to live long, healthy, and productive lives.  To accomplish this, NIMHD raises national awareness about the prevalence and impact of health disparities and disseminates effective individual, community, and population-level interventions to reduce and encourage elimination of health disparities

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