Arlington Heights Park District, IL

Surveillance & Management Toolkit

GP RED worked with the Arlington Heights Parks District to administer the Youth Activity and Nutrition Survey (YANS) in the first year of the Surveillance & Management Toolkit project. The YANS allowed for the rare opportunity to explore some of the determinants of health for middle school students in Arlington Heights and to find out more specific information about what the youth in the community think about determinants of health.

Primary Elements of the research include:

  • What are the actual BMI levels of participating middle school youth in Arlington Heights?
  • What are the key community‐specific issues around nutritional habits and physical activity of middle school youth in Arlington Heights?
  • Are there areas of concern or potential opportunities for health and/or programming improvements?
  • What can community leaders do to address these opportunities?

This information will be valuable to help continue to expand health improvement efforts through the Arlington Heights Parks District (AHPD) and the Arlington Heights Health Action Alliance (AHHAA) partners, including schools.