Kate Davis and Veronica Webb, students in the Blue Springs 4-H Club, were named finalists for their work on the 2012-13 Photovoice Missouri project.

 


Kate Davis and Veronica Webb, students in the Blue Springs 4-H Club, were named finalists for their work on the 2012-13 Photovoice Missouri project.

Photovoice Missouri is a statewide program for middle and high school students to take photos, write captions and use that work to advocate for positive health changes in their communities. The Blue Springs 4-H students were among more than 20 students from the seven participating Missouri counties, including Jackson, Ralls, Shelby, St. Louis City, Dallas  and Dent, who were honored for their year-long work on Photovoice Missouri. Finalists  were judged by how well their photos and captions illustrated the photovoice method and  Healthy Lifestyle Initiative ideals.

The main goal of Photovoice Missouri is to encourage students to raise awareness about how their communities are supporting healthy eating and opportunities for physical activity by taking photographs of what they see in their everyday lives. Their photographs show examples of ways the community supports positive lifestyle behaviors as well as gaps or areas where community improvement is needed.

All of the students’ pictures can be seen on Flickr, a photography sharing website, www.flickr.com/photos/photovoicemissouri/. Photovoice Missouri is supported by Missouri’s Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, assisted by the Health Communications Research Center at the Missouri
School of Journalism.