This week we are rolling out two interactive online training courses exclusively for you, the PreventObesity.net Leaders. These trainings were designed by The Midwest Academy and cover organizing, advocacy and developing your strategy. The first of these trainings is “What is Direct Action Organizing?” and the second is “Developing a Strategy.” We recommend you complete them in that order.
Each course is available anytime to you on PreventObesity.net and should take 45-60 minutes to complete. Each is equipped with interactive quizzes and lessons.
Course 1: What is Direct Action Organizing?
This interactive, introductory session addresses direct action organizing. The trainers explain how it differs from other forms of addressing problems, such as providing a social service, self-help, education or advocacy on behalf of others. It is particularly important to make these distinctions because many organizations do a combination of these types of work. However, each type follows its own principles and logic, which must be clear to the organizers.
Course 2: Developing a Strategy
This training is a follow up to “What is Direct Action Organizing?” Using the Midwest Academy strategy chart, participants learn how to identify and analyze the relationships between goals, objectives, constituencies, targets and tactics. The presentation is followed by a short quiz. Participants can later use this method when holding strategy sessions in their own organization. It demystifies what is often seen as a very complex process.
To access the training, you’ll just need to visit your PreventObesity.net Leader dashboard or go to PreventObesity.net and click the “My Dashboard” link in the upper-left-hand corner. If you don’t know your login information, use the “Request New Password” link to receive an email with instructions to reset your password.
These courses will be available on your Leader dashboard moving forward, so you can retake them anytime.
Please note: You must be approved as Leaders in the Prevent Obesity Network to access these courses. If you are not a Leader yet but would like to be please see the requirements to be a Leader here and register here.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
Do you meet the criteria below? If so, register as a Leader here. There is no cost to be a Leader.
At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
Their project is commercial, but contributes positively to changing policies and environments, such as:
2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
They are organizing others by:
Providing volunteer opportunities
Building contact lists of supporters to engage in advocacy
They provide support to organizations or leaders doing work changing policies and environments, such as:
They are a leader in a governmental body that may be the target of organizing efforts to change policies and environments, such as a:
Federal or state agency
Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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