Community Assessment

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Activity/Exercises
Community fitness programs (gym discounts, P.E., recess, sports, access to YMCA, etc.). •Recreational facilities and usage (gym, playgrounds, bike paths, hiking trails, courts, pools, etc.). •Safety programs (rules and regulations, safety training, incentives, athletic trainers, etc.). •Injury statistics or most common injuries.

Evidence of sedentary leisure activities (amount of time watching TV, videos, and computer). •Means of transportation.

Sleep/Rest
Sleep routines/hours of your community: Compare with sleep hour standards (from National Institutes of Health [NIH]). •Indicators of general “restedness” and energy levels. •Factors affecting sleep:

oShift work prevalence of community members
oEnvironment (noise, lights, crowding, etc.)
oConsumption of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and drugs
oHomework/Extracurricular activities

Cognitive/Perceptual
Primary language: Is this a communication barrier?
Educational levels: For geopolitical communities, use http://www.census.gov and compare the city in which your community belongs with the national statistics. •Opportunities/Programs:
oEducational offerings (in-services, continuing education, GED, etc.) oEducational mandates (yearly in-services, continuing education, English learners, etc.) oSpecial education programs (e.g., learning disabled, emotionally disabled, physically disabled, and gifted) •Library or computer/Internet resources and usage.

Funding resources (tuition reimbursement, scholarships, etc.).

Self-Perception/Self-Concept
Age levels.
Programs and activities related to community building (strengthening the community). •Community history.
Pride indicators: Self-esteem or caring behaviors.
Published description (pamphlets, Web sites, etc.).

Reference

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