Innovative health project looks for participants


The Let’s Move Martha’s Vineyard Project invites persons who are concerned about health and weight to consider participating in an innovative project that will most likely increase their chances of success.

According to Nancy Phillips, coordinator of the pilot project for a sub-committee of the Dukes County Health Council, the effort needs 10 teams of three, all concerned about their weight. Each team will consist of a child/teenager ages 10-18, a parent, and a senior over age 65 from the same family or town.

The program will run three months from March 13 to June 12. The focus will be on improving healthy practices through self-awareness, intergenerational support, and immediate progress feedback, Ms. Phillips explained in a press statement.

One of the latest technology devices, the iPod Nano (1.5 inches square), is a new pedometer with music storage capacity that all participants will be given to carry in their pockets for tracking daily activity. There will be a minimal time commitment, predominately for tracking what you do anyhow around the house, school, job, or community.

This project is funded by grants from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital — Community Health Initiative and the Farm Neck Foundation.

“There is never a better time than now to make changes for yourself or a child. If you want to learn more or want to sign up your team, please see our website,” Ms. Phillips said.