159976 Outcome measures of participants in Healthy Eating for Successful Living for Older Adults- an evidence-based health promotion program for seniors

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Anne-Reet Annunziata, PhD, RD , Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Burlington, MA
Robert Schreiber, MD , Department of Medicine, Hebrew SeniorLife, Roslindale, MA
Ruth Palombo, PhD , Office of Program Planning and Management, MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Boston, MA
Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults is an evidenced based program for diverse community-dwelling adults age 60 and older. The overall goal of Healthy Eating is to increase self efficacy and general well being by improving participants' knowledge of nutritional choices that focus on heart and bone healthy foods as well as supportive physical activities. Goal setting, problem solving and self-monitoring are used to optimize individual behavior change. Originally created using the Food Guide Pyramid Healthy Eating was recently revised to incorporate the USDA's new MyPyramid and 2005 Dietary Guidelines. The current study evaluated the implementation of the revised version of Healthy Eating and assessed a variety of outcome measures in a sample of 90 participants at three Massachusetts sites. Participants were screened for suitability based on facility with English, ability to attend all sessions and participation in other nutrition programs in the previous year. Information on physical health status (height, weight, blood pressure and walking capacity), perceived health and well-being, current medications and medical diagnoses, attitudes and behaviors related to food intake and activity levels and prior knowledge of the MyPyramid model were evaluated prior to program participation. Post tests at completion reported changes in physical status, activity levels, attitudes and behaviors as well as whether personal goals were achieved by participants. Barriers to behavior change and achievement of goals were examined Findings are being used to revise and enhance program design for widespread dissemination to elders served by senior centers, councils on aging and senior housing.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this attending this session participants will a. Learn about the Healthy Eating program b. Examine the effectiveness of the goal-setting model in promoting behavior change and the perceived barriers to successful outcomes. c. Evaluate appropriateness of Healthy Eating for use in their own settings.

Keywords: Health Promotion, Behavior Modification

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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