Chronic disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. One-half of U.S. adults have at least one chronic disease condition and 25% have multiple chronic conditions that can lead to a restriction in an ability to do basic daily living activities. Low-income adults have a high incidence of chronic disease that increases with aging due to ongoing psychological stress, higher risk exposure, less healthy living conditions, and limited access to health services. Community-based wellness programs, in collaboration with academic institutions, can serve this population by providing access to health services, quality educational and activity-based experiences, and continual assessment and support. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the expertise of numerous faculty, students, and staff can be used to help mitigate a myriad of health conditions presented by this population. This article shares one university’s creation, development, and delivery of an on-campus, multidisciplinary community wellness program for low-income adults.
Royal E. Wohl, Park Lockwood and Kathy Ure
Sheri J. Brock, Jared A. Russell, Brenna Cosgrove and Jessica Richards
For over a century, physical activity and wellness programs (PAWPs) have played a vital role in the core educational experiences of college-age students attending institutions in the United States ( Cardinal, 2017 ; Hensley, 2000 ; Housner, 1993 ). PAWPs, also known as college
Rikki A. Cannioto
Despite much research investigating physical activity (PA) barriers for American women, the PA barriers experienced by overweight and obese working women remain largely unexamined. This preliminary investigation assessed the PA barriers, behaviors, and beliefs of 40 overweight/obese women with full-time desk jobs for the subsequent development and implementation of a tailored “healthy weight” wellness program. Based on qualitative and quantitative data analysis, the majority of participants weren’t sufficiently active, citing motivation and time as their biggest perceived barriers. Statistically significant relationships were identified between BMI and barrier numbers, PA levels, PA enjoyment, and PA importance; as well as between PA levels and barrier numbers, PA enjoyment, and PA importance. An effective PA intervention should emphasize 300 minutes of PA a week, while incorporating evidence-based behavioral strategies (i.e., goal setting, self-monitoring, contingency management, social support, stimulus control, and cognitive restructuring) that have been proven to decrease barriers and increase PA adherence among overweight and obese individuals.
Jared Russell, Danielle Wadsworth, Peter Hastie and Mary Rudisill
The purpose of this paper is to describe the precursors to and development of the School of Kinesiology's portal, which is used to deliver multimedia content to the approximately 7,000 students annually enrolled in physical activity and wellness program courses. Grounded in research, the paper addresses the initial rationale for changing the physical activity program focus, the implementation of a new delivery system of course content, and the benefits to students and instructors that have been realized. Research possibilities are also outlined. The paper concludes with an examination of issues that faculty at other institutions might consider when developing an online component within their physical activity and wellness programs.
corporates throughout the United States and Europe have started to offer fitness programs and exercise equipment to employees ( Health Fitness Revolution, 2015 ). The strategy of fitness programs, or wellness programs more generally, in many companies is intended to promote healthy lifestyles with a focus on
Lisa Hicks and Dan Schmidt
There is a tremendous need for wellness programming at all university levels as well as the United States as a whole. Healthy lifestyles benefit the workplace through lower healthcare costs, lower rates of injury and absenteeism, higher productivity, and improved morale and retention. This paper describes two innovative programs in higher education, the Healthy DiplomaTM and Healthy Titans, which are designed to improve the health and well-being of both students and employees. Two universities addressed the health and wellness of students (Healthy DiplomaTM) and employees (Healthy Titans) by utilizing the strengths of their respective kinesiology department students and faculty members. The Healthy DiplomaTM program was designed to lead university students to a healthy lifestyle while enhancing their postgraduation contributions as healthy entry-level employees. The Healthy Titans program was designed to provide University of Wisconsin Oshkosh employees and their families an affordable fitness program with an onsite clinical setting for kinesiology students to gain practical experience with fitness programming. Students were provided the opportunity to gain personal health and wellness skills and competencies, and practice their future profession in an applied, yet highly-supervised setting. Practitioners were provided current research and best profession practices. These two programs at two different universities further illustrate both the practicality and advantages of faculty and student collaborations for campus-wide wellness. Programs addressing wellness at the university level have demonstrated appropriateness as well as benefits for students, employees, and community members, and suggest expansion of similar programs to other university settings.
Jane E. Clark and Bradley D. Hatfield
curricula for fitness and wellness programs. For the department, Cathy designed and taught a course required of all doctoral students on teaching kinesiology in higher education. How lucky were we to have someone with Cathy’s expertise leading a graduate seminar for all our doctoral students no matter their
Na Ri Shin, PhD Candidate
health and wellness programs, he assesses the chances that other institutions could use the case as a point of reference. In Chapter 8, Adam Beissel takes an ethnographic approach to examine the recent phenomenon of escalating population of international student-athletes. He found the unrestricted
James A. Carson, John K. Petrella, Vanessa Yingling, Mallory R. Marshall, Jenny O and Jennifer J. Sherwood
involvement as a member of a faculty- and/or student-generated research project (projects begin from inception and are intended to progress through to publication). The GFSF program is a campus-wide wellness program in which kinesiology students gain professional, discipline-specific experiences by working to
David R. Bassett, Patty S. Freedson and Dinesh John
wristwatch. A recent study of people who used one of 60 activity trackers or smartphone apps as part of a wellness program that included games and financial incentives found that most people continued to use them for 6 months ( Patel et al., 2017 ). A third factor enhancing the adoption of activity trackers