Kansans move into health: a program evaluation

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dc.contributor.author Schrage, Andrea Michelle
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-16T15:54:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-16T15:54:18Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/7003
dc.description.abstract Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are the leading causes of death in the United States. In addition, the prevalence of obesity has significantly increased since the 1970s. In Kansas, 37% of adults are overweight and 24% are obese. These chronic diseases and conditions tend to be prevented by and/or managed with both adequate physical activity and a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. In Kansas 48.5% of adults meet the current recommendations for physical activity set by the American Heart Association, while 20% of adults consume the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. Public health officials need to work together to encourage Kansas adults to increase their participation in physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables to help prevent future health problems or manage current chronic diseases. To help address these health issues in Kansas, Kansas State University Research and Extension developed the 8-week Kansans Move into Health nutrition and physical activity program, building its framework around the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). Using TPB, participants address attitudes and perceived norms as well as perform specific behaviors associated with healthy eating and physical activity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of condensing the 8-week nutrition and physical activity program into four one-hour classes using a pre- and post-survey. Nineteen participants from the Johnson County community signed up to participate with 63% (n=12) completing the program. Results indicated that participants changed their belief that nutritious foods are more expensive (p≤0.05). Furthermore, participants gained knowledge in how to prepare healthy snacks that are quick and easy. All other measures did not change (n=19; p>0.05). Future research evaluating longer program interventions could better assess attitudes and perceived norms associated with healthy behaviors and determine whether the increase in knowledge leads to behavior change. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Nutrition en_US
dc.subject Exercise en_US
dc.subject Intervention en_US
dc.subject Theory of Planned Behavior en_US
dc.subject Public Health en_US
dc.title Kansans move into health: a program evaluation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Public Health en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Public Health Interdepartmental Program en_US
dc.description.advisor Tandalayo Kidd en_US
dc.subject.umi Health Sciences, Nutrition (0570) en_US
dc.subject.umi Health Sciences, Public Health (0573) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US

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