AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title Healthy Habits Week (aka Love Thyself by Helping Others Out)
Project type(s) Community Service,Social Event,Speaker
Date completed 03/02/2006
Chapter CUNY The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
Project Coordinator Theoni Stavrianopoulos
Summary of project Initially our focus was to distinctly promote men’s and women’s health issues. However, in collaborating with other school clubs like PNHP and AMWA, it was decided that we promote health issues by advocating the need for good habits. We did this by integrating hands on opportunities with educational resources. The first health habit we promoted was volunteering, while urging members to participate in the NYC Department of Homeless Services 2006 HOPE Count. The second habit we promoted was exercise and a Crunch Fitness Hip-Hop instructor offered a free class. The third day, we offered a lecture on “Risky Relationships” with speakers from the NYC Department of Health on unintended pregnancies and STDs, which was followed by a healthy dinner. Day four included being stress free, with a free Crunch yoga class offered to all students on our campus. We ended the week with a nutritionist lecturing on eating well and offered a healthy dinner. Lastly, aside from fostering the idea of self-care through exercise, relaxation and nutrition, we emphasized care for the patient, the homeless, and for men and women in NYC shelters by donating hygiene products.

Content area Wellness/Well-Being
Number of participants 115
Participant hours involved 230 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost $600
Project funding Local chapter funds,AMSA grant,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Flyers, emails, word of mouth, telephone calls were the means of communication. We think that emails and word of mouth were most effective but that every bit helped.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
5
Lessons/suggestions We learned that we should have planned out the minute details better and to prepare for changes more adequately, since certain things came about unexpectedly (room changes, cancellation of speakers, delay of instructor, not having equiptment). My suggestion is just to have more organizational meetings with your chapter, as well as participating chapter members and leaders. To replicate this project, it is important to contact speakers early, to contact faculty early on, as well as other participating clubs. Moreover, it helped a great deal that each participating club could contribute to the overall event in a specific way, whether it was making flyers, making dinner for lectures and so forth.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Comments Definitely try to plan early. Also be aware of your school policies, in terms of how to run the event. It also helped a great deal that members of clubs made healthy dishes and donated them. Also partnering up with a local fitness club is really helpful. Perhaps in return for their offering a free class, you can offer free advertisement for their fitness club's membership promotion and maybe make separate flyers for that purpose. Or if a fitness club cannot be found then maybe a massage school.