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Table 2 Resident strategies within four GAVA sectors at baseline

From: Design and evaluation of a coalition-led obesity initiative to promote healthy eating and physical activity in low-income, ethnically diverse communities: the Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin initiative

Outcome Category Strategy Examples Community Resources Examples of Community Partners
Community Nutrition Sector: Increase easy access (geographic and financial) to healthy food
 Access Identify and engage one or more small or medium sized local food stores for food access in the community.1,2 Local corner stores, farm stands, community gardens, public housing Sustainable Food Center, The Food Trust, Foundation Communities, City of Austin Public Health Department
 Access Provide food stands in high density residential areas and public sites that promote access to fresh fruits and vegetables.3
 Utilization Drive traffic to store and community food stands with events, celebrations, and promotions (ex, Food demonstrations with recipes, Buy one, Get one.., Frequent Buyer punch cards).4,5
 Sustainability Create a resident-led team who will adopt a corner store and work with the store owner for the long term.1,6
Physical Activity Sector: Increase easy access to safe physical activity facilities and programs
 Access Improve and activate local parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities: Ensure parks, playgrounds, trails, and recreation facilities are safe, well lit, maintained, and accessible.7,8 Local parks/pocket parks, creeks, greenbelts, streets Austin Parks Foundation, Foundation Communities, City of Austin Parks And Recreation Department, Neighborhood Partnering Program, Austin Interfaith, Police Activity League, Austin Tenants’ Council
 Utilization Promote and support general park programming such as Movies in the Park, farmers markets, and other events that positively activate the park.9,10
 Utilization Where appropriate, ensure functioning street lamps and park lights that create pleasant light throughout the night.11,12,13
 Sustainability Ensure that park adoption team and neighbors support adequate investment and attention to parks from public officials and local leadership.14
School Sector: Provide children with an environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity
 Access Improve and support enforcement of the district nutrition policy including cafeteria, a la carte, fundraising, vending, and food and beverage options at all events.15 Local elementary and middle schools, school gardens Safe Routes to School, UT School of Public Health/Dell Center for Healthy Living, CATCH Global Foundation, Austin Independent School District, Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE)-Austin, The Austin Project
 Utilization Integrate physical activity into the day using strategies like Active Play/Fuel Up to Play 60, WOW Time, daily recess breaks and brain/activity breaks such as GoNoodle or HOPSport.16
 Utilization Support supervised open gym and other physical activity opportunities in the morning, during lunch, and/or during out of school time.17
 Sustainability Ensure that there is a single Coordinated School Health (CSH)/Wellness Team on campus that is generating, promoting and facilitating campus wide wellness/CSH activities.18,19
Early Childhood Sector: Provide pre-school aged children with an environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity
 Access Encourage participation in food assistance programs such as WIC and SNAP.20,21,22 Early Development Centers, pre-K and K elementary classrooms United Way for Greater Austin, Austin Independent School District, Austin Community College, Child Inc., Any Baby Can, Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CINCA)
 Utilization Encourage staff and parents to model healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.23
 Utilization Promote classroom-based nutrition information such as the CATCH early childhood curriculum.24
 Utilization Integrate opportunities for physical activity into the daily routine (movement activities).25