Our grant project is to create a food and physical environment assessment of Morristown residents to determine whether fresh food and opportunities for exercise are available to all residents, particularly the underserved. We will then create an action plan based on the issues that come out of the survey.
In conducting our project, the biggest challenge was finding and determining the right survey questions to use. We had difficulty finding examples online that were comprehensive for both nutrition and physical environment but also concise and easy to understand.
We have had great help from Atlantic Health, who has connected us to wonderful resources and put us in touch with other local communities who are doing similar projects to ours. In fact, for our survey assessment, they provided a sample survey that we were able to work from. Of course we had to adapt it to meet our own community needs, but it was a great opportunity for us to “start somewhere” and also provided a great layout that we were able to use.
We also provided the survey to representatives of the groups that will be taking the survey. They were able to provide feedback on whether or not it was appropriate for their audiences and help us adapt it accordingly.
Beyond that, one perennial challenge is time. It’s challenging to ask other community nonprofit groups to participate in this work because we are all challenged with limited resources. Ultimately, though, we are all driven by our missions, and luckily our missions align toward ensuring we have a healthy community. We feel fortunate to have partners who are willing to go above and beyond to help achieve this goal.