Inspiration, Information, Transformation

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Knockout Obesity’s unique recipe for success involves Inspiration (through physical fitness training), Information (through nutrition education), and Transformation (through capacity-building for community-based organizations.) Knockout Obesity delivers its signature obesity prevention and intervention program to youth-serving CBOs, with an emphasis on community centers located in high-need New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments. The three-pronged program focuses on Physical Fitness, Nutrition Education, and Capacity-Building to promote lasting behavioral change for young people and communities. The program runs from September to June in sync with the typical afterschool program calendar.
During September, when CBO partner sites are preparing to launch after school programs, Knockout Obesity provides two, one-hour preliminary training sessions to program managers and front-line staff at the CBO partner site. These training sessions provide an overview of Knockout Obesity’s goals and methodologies and an opportunity to begin forging an open and supportive working relationship between agencies. Training covers the schedule for when Knockout Obesity will be on-site to run the program and when the CBO will independently run the program. Program managers and front-line staff are given binders with detailed lesson plans covering the entire 36-week curriculum, as well as all required evaluation materials.

Knockout Obesity delivers the program twice per week at the CBO partner site for twelve weeks from October through December. Following winter recess, Knockout Obesity continues to deliver the program twice weekly from January to June, but only on every other week, during which times it assumes a supervisory role. On alternate weeks, the CBO partner site independently runs the program. This extended training and technical assistance semester enables the CBO partner staff to have time to become familiarized with the program and to address any questions or challenges to program delivery. Over the course of the following school year, Knockout Obesity will follow-up with prior participants on as many as three occasions to measure long-term outcomes such as decreased Body Mass Index.