Partnership For Healthier America Innovation Challenge
Hackathon to help solve childhood obesity epidemic in the USA
The PHA Innovation Challenge offers a unique opportunity to realize the event’s mission of creating bold, tangible and actionable solutions using the most powerful tool available – technology. This year, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is working with The Feast to engage talented innovators and makers in technology and design to help solve the childhood obesity epidemic.
PHA is hosting a hackathon in the lead-up to the conference, when participants will prototype and build working solutions focused on the theme of Childhood Obesity. The hackathon explores two opportunities within the challenge of Childhood Obesity:
- To help teachers empower students to make healthy choices about the food they consume, whether at home or at school.
- To create an information avenue that shows families the healthy food options and physical activity opportunities available locally.
Our team created a strategic plan and online prototype for an alternative CSA program to be implemented in America's food deserts.
Get Real! is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) unlike any other CSA. Get Real! makes farm fresh produce more accessible to people in food deserts. Get Real! works with farmers to get produce and deliver it to food deserts during pick-up events at community centers. The delivery of produce is merely the first step and a catalyst for developing a new community based on healthier living.
Our Vision is to bring the farmers market to the people who need it most. Often farmers markets are inaccessible to those living in food deserts and low income communities. We hope to employ local staff from the regions that we serve and provide healthy, customizable food boxes. Using mostly local ingredients, we hope to lower our costs by connecting with farmers who often have excess food and allow it to otherwise go to waste.