Eat Healthy Be Active–Evidence Based Summary
Summary of Evaluation Methods
The Eat Healthy–Be Active Community Workshops were pilot tested at ten diverse locations across the eastern and Midwestern US, including participants from a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. All lessons from the workshops were taught sequentially, and a pre-test/post-test evaluation design was used to evaluate effectiveness. Qualitative data were collected to evaluate usability and satisfaction.
The ten pilot sites, including each site’s audience, are described in the table below.
|Arkansas State University||Beebe, AR||University staff|
|Boston Organization of Nutritionists and Dietitians of Color||Boston, MA||Baptist church group|
|Clemson Cooperative Extension||Clemson, SC||University custodial staff, church group|
|Cole County Health Department||Jefferson City, MO||Church group|
|Health Resources Services Administration||Rockville, MD||Federal employees|
|Montgomery County Cooperative Extension||Collegeville, PA||Head Start parents, county employees|
|Naval Support Activity||Millington, TN||Spouses of military or retired military personnel|
|Panama City Cooperative Extension||Panama City, FL||Elementary school parents|
|Pulaski Cooperative Extension||Pulaski, VA||Adult education participants|
|Purdue Cooperative Extension||Valparaiso, IN||County employees|
These workshops are targeted for use by community leaders, health promoters, and educators for use among all adult participants.
Summary of Evaluation Results
Among workshop participants, 64% reported making changes in eating or physical activity behaviors after attending the workshops. Among those who made changes, 94% credited the workshop for the changes they made. In addition, 93% of workshop participants that attended all 6 reported intent to change eating behaviors, while 95% reported intent to be more physically active.
Hayes, R, Butner, K. Eat Healthy–Be Active Community Workshops: A pilot evaluation. JNEB 2012; 44(4): S67-S68. (Abstract)