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Learning through Volunteering

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

The community event Feed My Starving Children was a one day event to encourage patients to increase physical activity and review portion sizes necessary to sustain health. The day of the event patients participated in a one hour discussion to review the dietary recommendations for diabetes and to discuss the benefits of volunteering on mental and physical health. Patients shared their experiences from past volunteering. After this discussion a healthy lunch was served and patients were brought to a packing facility to pack dried food for children around the world. This effort lasted 1.5 hours. During that time patients interacted with one another, were actively packing and learned [with looks of amazement] the small amount of food that the body needs. After the event patients reported increased consciousness of portion sizes at meals. One patient stated that her grandchildren had finally stopped wasting food and only took what they were going to eat at meals! Patients have also requested additional opportunities to volunteer their time and skills. We plan to follow up on this request.

Age Group(s):
Adults, Elderly

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Health Indicator(s):

Service Area:

Behavioral health/behavioral change, Health promotion and wellness, Lifestyle coaching, Teaching strategies

Name: Sammy Thompson
Site or Location Name: Indian Health Board Minneapolis
1315 E 24th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Phone: 6127219845