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Healthy Lives Challenge – Community Voices July 31, 2015

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Over the course of the Healthy Lives Challenge, we'll be featuring Q&As with OpenIDEO members who have been making significant contributions to our community. This week, let’s take a look at what’s been inspiring Logan Powell and Lea Balcerzak in the Refinement Phase!

Logan Powell currently leads developer engagement at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington D.C. He also co-leads OpenIDEO’s Meetup chapter in D.C. In Refinements, we’re excited to see the level of collaboration Logan and his team have brought to their idea, El Loser Local.

Lea Balcerzak is senior at the Coppell High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex of Texas. In conjunction with a summer product design workshop, Lea and her design partner have been busy refining their Swap-a-Box idea in the Healthy Lives Challenge.

Share with us a bit more about how you've been collaborating with your team to develop this idea.

Logan: One of the co-organizers of our local chapter conducted some research under the auspices of a course co-sponsored by IDEO and Acumen. We took that research into a brainstorming session with the other members of our group. There were a variety of different ideas. We put them all up on the wall and then divided into smaller teams to tackle the ideas in depth. The El Loser Local idea was synthesis of two ideas. Since then, we've been refining the concept based on feedback from other community members as well as the OpenIDEO team.

Lea: The initial thought for this project came from monthly subscription boxes. However, we wanted to create a more interactive experience. We wanted to bring communities together because we discovered that food was a point of connection between my team remembers - who each came from a different cultural background. We aimed to use that experience to encourage individuals to expand upon their food palettes and make healthier decisions.

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Which other ideas in the Healthy Lives Challenge would you like to build on or collaborate with?

Lea: I was very intrigued by the Garden Kitchens project and thought it could lead to a collaboration where communities could take some of the best ingredients from their boxes, learn more about them, and then begin to grow them. This could lead to greater access to fresh, healthy ingredients throughout the whole community - allowing people to make healthier food choices.

Logan: Currently, we're considering collaborating with two other teams: TV Fit and Biggest Loser Whole Family Version. We were encouraged by the OpenIDEO team to take a look at other ideas. We realized that there were significant overlaps. We think if we can find a way to combine them without complicating them then joining forces make sense.

In the upcoming weeks, we would love to have you join our rockstar OpenIDEO members in answering the challenge question: How might we use technology to inspire all socioeconomic and multicultural groups to lead healthier lives? We can’t wait to see your contributions in Healthy Lives Challenge!

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