1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To develop a long-term partnership to foster the development of effective wellness/fitness programs in the Greater Grand Forks Community that will provide opportunities for community based research addressing issues related to the prevention of obesity.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
The Grand Forks Parks District (GFPD) will work with community groups to develop wellness/fitness programs and facilities in the Greater Grand Forks Community. The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center (GFHNRC) will work with the GFPD to advise on issues related to the health needs of citizens, and the design and implementation of those programs/facilities. Both institutions will work together to identify strategic linkages that will meet the goals of the GFPD and advance the research mission of the GFHNRC.
GFHNRC scientists worked with GFPD program planners to: a.) plan and equip for research use of an 850 sq. ft. suite at the new GFPD community fitness center. This suite, located prominently, will serve as the venue for recruiting volunteers for research studies, and for interviewing, evaluating and drawing blood samples from subjects participating in such studies conducted in the fitness center. b.) evaluated the fitness efficacies of exercise equipment being considered for use in the fitness center. c.) initiated a study of health-impacts of various modalities of use of GFPD outdoor parks by middle-schoolers.