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A Program Evaluation Of A Worksite Wellness Initiative For Weight Loss, Nicholas Martinez Jul 2017

A Program Evaluation Of A Worksite Wellness Initiative For Weight Loss, Nicholas Martinez

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The purpose of this study was to conduct a program evaluation of ACME’s worksite weight loss initiative and collect evidence relative to the efficacy of the program. An anonymous online survey was administered to participants of the weight loss initiative. The survey was designed to gather information relative to the research questions, which explored the initiative’s barriers to participation, alignment of initiative with the goals of participants, utilization of initiative resources, overall strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement for the weight loss initiative, as well as the respondents’ general profile for the six dimensions of wellness. Reporting of ...


Does Health-Related Fitness Influence Health Status?, Hannah Marie Gibbs Jan 2015

Does Health-Related Fitness Influence Health Status?, Hannah Marie Gibbs

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Background

The health-related fitness model (HRFM) was created to integrate five components of physical fitness (cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition) known to support positive health. Research has evaluated individual health-related fitness markers relative to various biometric and perception measures; however, the HRFM has not been used to establish an overall fitness score. The purpose of this research was to create and examine an overall fitness score relative to individual health-related fitness markers, self-reported quality of life (QOL), biometric markers, and disease risk factors.

Methods

Health risk appraisals (HRA) were performed at three midwest manufacturing and ...


Promoting Older Adult Wellness Through An Intergenerational Physical Activity Exergaming Program, Kara Anne Strand Jan 2012

Promoting Older Adult Wellness Through An Intergenerational Physical Activity Exergaming Program, Kara Anne Strand

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Background. The older adult population has been on the rise since the 1900s and is projected to increase to 72.1 million people by 2030 (Administration on Aging, 2011). Today's older adults suffer from chronic diseases that are preventable with regular physical activity. Although physical activity has been shown to prevent or improve chronic diseases as well as improve physical fitness, balance, strength, flexibility, and overall quality of life, fewer than five percent of older adults are meeting the current recommendation for physical activity. Additionally, rural-residing older adults are half as likely to participate in physical activity as urban-residing ...


The Influence Of Growth On Body Composition, Physical Activity, And Fitness In Overweight And Obese Children, Jennifer Denise Smith Jan 2009

The Influence Of Growth On Body Composition, Physical Activity, And Fitness In Overweight And Obese Children, Jennifer Denise Smith

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Twenty-seven pairs of children matched on age, gender and ethnicity, ages 5 to 9 years were recruited from a sample of 115 children. One child in each pair was overweight (at or above the 85th percentile for BMI) and one was normal weight (between 20th and 70th percentile for BMI) at the beginning of the study. Anthropometric measurements (waist, hip, upper arm and calf circumference; femur and humerus breadth; triceps, calf, suprailiac, etc. skinfolds; stature and mass), percent fat (Bod Pod); physical fitness (Fitnessgram and submaximal cycle ergometer) and physical activity (self-report) were measured at baseline and nine months later ...