i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Technology Enhancing Exercise and Nutrition (TEEN) Program

Tamara Warren, PhD

Health and Nutrition Specialist

Alabama A&M University

 Update:  All nine locations now requested to include the peer storytelling component. Teens have reported involving their families in the community surveys, and they are discovering new locations they were not aware of, such as the farmers market.

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Behavioral habits change for nutrition (eating habits) and physical activity for teenagers.

How will you measure that change?

Pre and post assessments using clickers. Format the assessments to collect better baseline and end line data to report behavioral change and its impact on preventing chronic diseases.

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

Peer storytelling is a new component added as a result of the Corps experience.  Eight teens chosen from 4 metropolitan areas will survey their communities and create video stories about safe places for teens to exercise and eat healthy. The stories will add youth voice to the program’s social media strategy and help participants to extend their new behaviors beyond the program.

How did the design-a-thon help you?

It introduced new ideas and resources that could be applied to the program.


TEEN program classThe Technology Enhancing Exercise and Nutrition (TEEN) Program is a technology-driven approach to improving eating and exercise behaviors in Alabama teens. The program includes interactive presentations, clicker system technology, apps, social media and Exergaming.

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