Inspirational Guide from the Alexander Foundation
The Alexander Foundation, a LIKE partner, has published an inspiration guide for co-creation. This guide is for anyone who wants to work with children and young people to work together on a healthy lifestyle through co-creation. Policymakers from municipalities, researchers, youth workers, teachers: this guide is for you!
Download the guide here .
Network: Healthy living in a healthy environment
LIKE has good news! We have received a grant from the Hartstichting to set up a network together with two other healthy living consortia (Supreme Nudge and Benefit). In this way we can further disseminate the knowledge from our projects. For more information, click here .
New podcast episode about systems thinking
LIKE researcher Dr. Wilma Waterlander talks about systems thinking on the Lifestyle Lab podcast (in Dutch).
In the episode, she talks about “the feasibility and effectiveness of price measures on food, the Amsterdam LIKE project carried out in collaboration with the Amsterdam Approach to Healthy Weight (AAGG) and the tension between science and politics.”
The implementation of the LIKE approach is in full swing. Over the past year, we have devised and implemented many actions together with the youth, from a sports scavenger hunt to a podcast about the unhealthy food environment. The youth indicated that the actions fit well with their environment, and help them to develop healthier behavior. At the moment we are looking at how these actions can be embedded within the municipality. In addition, a number of actions have been devised that are somewhat more complex. These actions are led by LIKE researchers, but take place in cooperation with the municipality, the young people and stakeholders from the neighborhood. Examples are the participation of young people in the design of an exercise-friendly public space, and workshops with supermarkets about a healthier food offer.
In addition to the further implementation of the LIKE approach, in the coming year we will focus on the process and effect evaluation. With this we try to get answers to the question: does our approach really make a difference for the young people in Amsterdam East?
! Don’t forget to listen to the podcast episodes made through LIKE’s own PAR-groups ! Listen here.
The impact of corona on LIKE
Unfortunately, due to the corona crisis, we have not been able to do everything we planned to do over the past year. The children and youth we work with were not in school. We were also unable to hold meetings in the neighborhood. In addition, many organizations we work with were busy with things that had to be arranged as a result of the crisis, such as providing good information about coronation measures. Now that the measures have been eased, we can start up our activities in the district again!