Online Program

Implementation of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program in an Afterschool Setting by Nursing, Pre-Med and Public Health College Students

Monday, November 2, 2015

Alex Purcell, BS, Community Health, IU Health Bloomington Hosptial, Bloomington, IN
Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, HSD, MPH, MA, Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Priscilla Barnes, MPH, PhD, MCHES, School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Natalie Grinvalds, BS, CHES, Indiana University School of Public Health Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Get on Board, Active Living (G.O.A.L.) is a 12 week family-focused program for overweight/obese children, ages 6-18, referred by their pediatricians.  To date, over 100 families have participated in G.O.A.L. learning how to live healthier and happier lives through education and support on nutrition, fitness, behavioral habits, and community involvement.  Recently, the concepts of G.O.A.L. were implemented for all students enrolled in an afterschool program in 14 elementary schools.   G.O.A.L. University (GOAL U) is a 6-week program implemented by trained college students enrolled in nursing, pre-med, and public health degree programs.  Each session consists of 35 minutes of education and 40 minutes of activity.  The goals are to increase knowledge of MyPlate, portion sizes, ways to be physically active and improve attitudes towards being active, and eating healthy.  This presentation will focus on the results of the pre/post-tests completed by the participants related to knowledge and attitudes towards nutrition and physical activity.  Additionally, the utilization of college students from different degree programs to implement the afterschool program will be discussed.  In preparation for the program, the college students participated in a training that included detailed instruction about each of the six lessons and the varied developmental milestones which exist at each age-level.  An outcome evaluation was conducted with the college students to assess their level of comfort and confidence teaching the lessons, their positive and negative experiences working with children, and suggestions for future collaboration with college students in these three disciplines.   

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Identify the key components of a childhood obesity prevention program implemented in an afterschool setting. Describe how an afterschool program for elementary students can assist in the prevention of childhood obesity. Explain the role nursing and pre-med students have in implementing primary prevention programs in community-based settings. Explain the role of nursing, pre-med, and public health students in the implementation of childhood obesity prevention programs. Identify the difference in experiences as reported by the nursing, pre-med, and public health students as they relate to the implementation of GOAL U.

Keyword(s): Child Health, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I helped to write the paper and worked on the poster. I have background in nutrition science and public health. I have a BS in Applied Health Sciences, Public Health, a minor in Nutrition Science and am working on my MPH in behavioral, social and community health. I am also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.