2018 Progress Report
Committed to create engaging physical activity opportunities for kids to help solve the childhood obesity crisis. Local organizations in California will be identified to pilot the program in low-income areas using donated Blue Goji exercise equipment, tablets and apps. Blue Goji will also partner with community-based organizations in low-income areas to donate resources that will help keep kids active, while providing education on health and wellness.
“Both Blue Goji and the Fellowship teams were unfamiliar with the protective (and restrictive) research protocol at universities when young children are involved. As a result, both teams had to dramatically scale back their original plans and simplify them as observational, feasibility studies on how active game bikes may be deployed in schools. As documented in the final reports, students at both schools were actively engaged with the active VR game bikes and found the experience very positive.
"Due to the protective university research regulations placed on projects when children are involved, in the second year the Fellowship program switched to a different problem – how to provide a balanced, nutritional diet for kids from underserved communities. Thanks to the PHA network, the program was able to connect and partner with Purple Asparagus for this effort. Purple Asparagus, based in Chicago, is a non-profit organization that educates children and communities about healthy eating for the body and environment. With Purple Asparagus’ guidance, Nine Fellowship teams developed program proposals on this design challenge: ‘How might Purple Asparagus use technology with its existing programs to improve children nutrition?’”