Balance. That’s been an essential factor in Year 1 of Project Eden. The Project Eden team of community partners have constantly sought balance with identifying the best methods and tools for the methods of the proposed community health assessment: focus groups and surveys. We proposed to use qualitative (focus groups) and quantitative (surveys) tools to assess the knowledge, attitude and behavior of nutrition and physical activity for Lindenwold, NJ residents. Developing tangible tools that do not overwhelm participants has been a balancing act.
As you know, finding balance is not always as simple as weighing options. The Project Eden Team had to find balance with determining the best type and amount of questions to ask in the focus groups and on written assessments. From the first facilitated focus group, we realized the importance of seeking balance is key to the methods of this project, as well as the implementation. Balance is a key factor in most things.
From preliminary focus group discussions, there was rich discussion about the importance of healthy eating, physical activity and the challenges participants faced with balancing needs and resources for health and wellness. One participant stated, “Our body is like a machine, you have to give it what it needs to function.”
The Project Eden Team is looking forward to implementing the remaining focus groups and surveys and to developing initiatives in Year 2 that address the needs of the Lindenwold, NJ community.
About the Grantee
Generations, Inc., a community development corporation, provides comprehensive, coordinated services to meet the needs of families and individuals, providing full access to necessary services for all ages. Innovations Ministries, a non-profit entity within Generations, promotes a proactive approach to personal development, lifestyle management and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.
Cohort: South 2