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A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Establishing a Community Wellness Program

Royal E. Wohl, Park Lockwood, and Kathy Ure

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.

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Administrative Strategies for Delivering High-Quality Instruction in a University-Based Physical Activity and Wellness Program

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

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Impact of a Self-Determination Theory–Informed Training on Youth Wellness Program Staff

Shelby E. Ison, Kim C. Graber, and Kevin Andrew Richards

selected because it allowed the researchers to gain an in-depth understanding of participants’ experiences during the staff training intervention and the program ( Patton, 2015 ). The SWC was a wellness program specifically designed for elementary-aged youth from communities affected by poverty and took

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Physical Activity for Campus Employees: A University Worksite Wellness Program

Carling E. Butler, B. Ruth Clark, Tamara L. Burlis, Jacqueline C. Castillo, and Susan B. Racette


Workplaces provide ideal environments for wellness programming. The purpose of this study was to explore exercise self-efficacy among university employees and the effects of a worksite wellness program on physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors.


Participants included 121 university employees (85% female). The worksite wellness program included cardiovascular health assessments, personal health reports, 8 weeks of pedometer-based walking and tracking activities, and weekly wellness sessions. Daily step count was assessed at baseline, Week 4, and Week 8. Exercise self-efficacy and CVD risk factors were evaluated at baseline and follow-up.


Daily step count increased from 6566 ± 258 (LSM ± SE) at baseline to 8605 ± 356 at Week 4 and 9107 ± 388 at Week 8 (P < .0001). Steps increased among normal weight, overweight, and obese subgroups. Exercise self-efficacy correlated with baseline steps (P < .05). Small improvements were observed in cardiorespiratory fitness, body mass index, blood pressure, blood glucose, total cholesterol, and triglycerides (all P < .01).


A worksite wellness program was effective for improving physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and CVD risk factors among university employees. Exercise barriers and outcome expectations were identified and have implications for future worksite wellness programming.

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The Status of Physical Education Within a Nationally Recognized School Health and Wellness Program

Gabriella M. McLoughlin, Kim C. Graber, Amelia M. Woods, Tom Templin, Mike Metzler, and Naiman A. Khan

) staff health promotion, and (f) wellness programs integrating parents/families. School-wide physical activity promotion Greenlite Academy’s physical activity policies provide opportunities for children, parents, and staff to engage in regular physical activity in accordance with guidelines from the Alliance

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Meteorologic and Geographic Barriers to Physical Activity in a Workplace Wellness Program

Karen C. Smith, Griffin L. Michl, Jeffrey N. Katz, and Elena Losina

their nondominant wrist during waking hours. The B-Well program is registered on (NCT02850094) and was approved by the Partners HealthCare Human Research Committee (protocol 2014P000970/BWH). Participants provided written informed consent. Baseline Assessment Participants

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Influence of a Summer Wellness Program on Bullying Reduction Among School-Age Children

Mengyi Wei, Kevin Andrew Richards, Naiman A. Khan, Amelia Mays Woods, Dorothy L. Espelage, and Kim C. Graber

’s, camp staff’s perceptions toward the effects of a 4-week TPSR-based summer learning and enrichment program and its ability to reduce bullying behaviors among school-age children. Method The Illinois Physical Activity and Life Skill wellness program was developed to provide summer learning and enrichment

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The Effectiveness of a Sleep Optimization Program on Insomnia, Anxiety, Perceived Stress, and Emotion Dysregulation Among Football Players With Sleep Complaints

Kazem Emami, Shahram Nazari, Amy M. Bender, Rasool Norouzi Seyed Hossini, and Ebrahim Norouzi

, psychological factors, and emotional dysregulation of football players with sleep complaints in Iran’s Premier League. We hypothesized that participation in the sleep optimization intervention compared with an active wellness program control group will lead to (a) reduced sleep problems, (b) decreased anxiety

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Exploring Factors Associated With Accelerometer Validity Among Ethnically Diverse Toddlers

Christine Crumbley, Aliye B. Cepni, Ashley Taylor, Debbe Thompson, Nancy E. Moran, Norma Olvera, Daniel P. O’Connor, Craig A. Johnston, and Tracey A. Ledoux

baseline data from a wellness program designed to deliver health education and parenting lessons to families with toddlers in a playgroup format ( 13 ). In particular, the purpose of this paper is to examine relationships between parent characteristics and compliance with accelerometer study protocols to

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Incorporating E-learning to Enhance Instruction and Student Experiences in Collegiate Physical Activity Courses

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.