2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Physical Activity and Nutrition Behavior Intervention with Low Income Women with Children
Candace J. Bell * and Danielle N. Bell
Dr. Jennifer R. Hurst and Ms. Evonne C. Bird, Faculty Mentors

People who live in low socioeconomic circumstances are at increased risk for mortality, morbidity, and unhealthy behaviors (CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, 2011). Low income mothers are a particular high risk population and can significantly influence their childs behaviors (Savage, Fisher, & Birch, 2007). The purpose of this research project was to discern how to create an effective behavior change program for low-income mothers. The intervention program was developed using the Trans-Theoretical Model and aimed to equip participants with enough information and skills to make a behavior change. The program met weekly for 8 weeks and twelve women, with a median income level below $20,000 and a mean age of 23.7 6.8, participated. Data was collected pre and post intervention on their knowledge, attitude and behavior of nutrition and physical activity. The results found no statistical significant differences. Researchers provide suggestions for future interventions working with this population.

Keywords: physical activity, nutrition, women, mothers, low income , intervention , behavior change

Topic(s):Health Science
Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 600-11
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 3:30

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