The Purple Tongue project

Categories:

Categories associated with best practice:

  • Health Equity
  • wtt_ico
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Community/ Neighbourhood
  • Diabetes icon 3
  • Healthy Eating
  • Integrate Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Physical Activity

Determinants of Health: Language and culture, Education, literacy and life-long learning, Employment and working conditions, Food security, Social relationships (including those that respect diversity), Self determination, Healthy child development

Overview

  1. To improve wild berry consumption, distribution and availability throughout the year
  2. To propose local healthy alternatives to soft drinks and snacks
  3. To stimulate youth empowerment and employment

School based program with the objectives of improving wild berry consumption, distribution and availability throughout the year; promoting local healthy alternatives to soft drinks and snacks; and stimulating youth empowerment and employment. New formulations of berry products were evaluated and refined through feedback by community representatives. The berry products had to present low sugar content, low cost, locally available food items requiring and simple cooking techniques, attractive for the youth, and in accordance with Inuit taste and culture.

Primary Source Document

Lemire M, Harris CS, Lucas M, Kwan M, Cuerrier A, Ayotte P , Marette A, Tardif M, Gauthier MJ, Bouchard A, Labranche E, Déry S, Grey M, Dewailly E , From knowledge to action: understanding wild berries health benefits to implement community-based interventions linking public health and social innovation in Nunavik. Northern Public Affairs

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)

Melanie Lemire, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher - CIHR Banting

Axe Santé des populations et environnementale

Centre de Recherche du CHUQ, Université Laval

2875 Boulevard Laurier

Édifice Delta 2, bureau 600

Québec, Québec G1V 2M2 Canada

Tel: 418-656-4141 ext: 46535

Fax: 418-654-2726; melanie.lemire

Intervention Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
To stimulate youth empowerment.
  • Individual level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
To propose alternatives to soft drinks and snacks.
  • Individual level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
To improve wildberry consumption, distribution and availability throughout the year
  • Community level
  • Individual level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.

Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Obesity Prevention

Risk Reduction

    Specific Activities of the Intervention

    • Group process/program
    • Other training session

    Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

    Life Stage

    • All ages

    Settings

    Educational Settings

    • Other

    Community Setting

    • Community/neighbourhood
    • Adult land based

    Outcomes

    Outcomes and Impact Chart
    Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
    Societal LevelTo propose local health alternatives to soft drinks and snacks.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.
    Individual LevelImprove wild berry consumption.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.
    Individual LevelStimulate youth empowerment and employment.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.
    Organizational LevelTo improve wild berry distribution and availability through the year.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.

    Adaptability

    Implementation History

    • Multiple implementations - Similar settings/populations/providers - The intervention has been implemented more than twice in the same setting with the same population by similar providers, and is theoretically applicable to other settings and/or populations. This can include multiple implementations during the same time period. *Each implementation of the intervention must have been substantially the same and must have demonstrated positive results for the primary objectives of the intervention.

    Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

    • Requires specialized skills that are easily available within the context - The intervention requires the participation of personnel with advanced skills (e.g. medical doctors, epidemiologists, social workers) but that are easily available within the intervention context.

    Are there supports available for implementation

    Yes. The local alternative-learning class of high school students were enthusiastic participants in the workshop. The paper reports positive feedback from teachers and the director of the program and the possibility of including this work as part of their regugular rotation of activities.

    Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions

    Yes. Kitchen facilities and utensils. Wild berries.