Date of Award
Master of Science
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Quantitative and qualitative analysis were used to examine barriers to attending the Iowa WISEWOMAN program, and making health behavior changes. Subjects (N=161) represented three levels of program participation---full, minimum, and none. Scales of food security, barriers to attendance and health behavior change, and self-efficacy for nutrition and physical activity were administered via survey. Minimum and no exposure participants perceived significantly more barriers to attendance than the full exposure participants (p<0.05); barriers to health behavior change and self-efficacy for nutrition and physical activity were not significantly different among the groups.;Forty-seven subjects also participated in focus groups. Perceived lack of time was found to be a major barrier to both health behavior change and attending health promotion programs. Subjects mentioned lack of time as a barrier to physical activity, healthy eating, and attending WISEWOMAN sessions. Health promotion programs must identify and address perceived barriers of target audiences for program success.
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Jody Catherine Gatewood
Gatewood, Jody Catherine, "Barriers to participating in a community-based cardiovascular disease risk reduction program " (2006). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 1386.