AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title The Run Down
Project type(s) Community Service,School Service
Date completed 02/15/2008
Chapter University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project Coordinator Jacob Thomas
Summary of project The exposure to “college life” can greatly impact one’s overall level of health. For that reason, the project we chose to present was an interactive health fair for prospective college students. The event addressed relevant health issues that one faces when making the transition from high school to college. Our organization’s presentation featured ten booths addressing such topics as: nutrition and healthy eating, safe sex practices, managing stress, tobacco and alcohol use, and the benefits of healthy exercise. Each booth included an informational board, handouts, and an interactive activity. For example, at the booth dealing with exercise, we offered students the chance to wear a “weight vest” to imitate the weight gain that is generally associated with the first year of college. We asked students to perform tasks such as jumping rope and then concentrated on the negative effects that being overweight can have and how that exercise is one way to combat this problem. The project was presented at a local high school on the night of a home basketball game. By doing this, we were able to attract more students, as well as students from more than one school. During the event we had a scavenger hunt to encourage students to visit each board. At the end of the event a drawing was held and a grand prize as well as other smaller prizes were presented to students that visited each presentation. The event was advertised through announcements made at each high school and through event flyers.

Content area Health Fair
Number of participants 14
Participant hours involved 70 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost $130.00
Project funding AMSA grant,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising The project was advertised by announcements made at each high school. Also, flyers were distributed and posted at the high school were the event took place.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
4
Lessons/suggestions The event was well received by the students at the basketball game. However, the environment was distracting for both students and presenters. One suggestion would be to talk with the principal to see if the school would be willing to sponsor the project at a separate time. The combination of the basketball game and our project took away from the overall attention of the students. It is important to ensure that presentations are flexible and to the point. The interactive activities at each station were useful as a means of drawing students in. The idea of the scavenger hunt worked well to encourage students to see all of the presentations. This was accomplished by giving each student an index card that was stamped by the presenter at each station.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Comments We found it very useful to link up with our local health department and MADD agency. These organizations provided very useful material in preparing for the interactive activities.