Healthy Lifestyles Evidence Based Curriculum
EVIDENCE BASE FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLES WORKSHOPS
The effectiveness of the Healthy Lifestyles workshop was evaluated with a research grant awarded to OODH by the US Department of Education 2002. This project used a research design that compared two groups, an intervention group and a delayed intervention group. Both groups participated in the Healthy Lifestyles workshop, but the intervention group attended the workshop three months before the delayed intervention group. Over the course of two years, ten workshops were conducted, with approximately 10-15 people attending each workshop.
As part of the research, both groups were required to complete a series of surveys, before the workshop, and again at three, six, and nine months after the intervention group workshop. The surveys asked questions about health behaviors, including physical activity, nutrition, and stress management. OODH was able to use the data collected from 95 individuals using the Health Promoting Lifestyles Profile II (HPLP-II) questionnaire, and their scores were compiled to create an overall Health-Promoting Lifestyle score. A higher score on the HPL-II indicated higher levels of healthy behaviors.
The graph in Figure 1 shows the average HPLP-II scores at each time point for both the intervention group and the delayed intervention group.
The participants who were in the intervention group showed significant improvement in scores between baseline and three months after the workshop. The delayed intervention group, on the other hand, showed no significant change during the same time period. After receiving the workshop, the delayed intervention group scores increased significantly. Over time, all groups of individuals who attended the workshop increased healthy behaviors. These increases were sustained a minimum of 6 months after they attended the Healthy Lifestyles workshop.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES:
Abdullah, N., & Horner-Johnson, W. (2006). Promoting healthy lifestyles among people with disabilities. Northwest Public Health, Spring/Summer, 8-9.
Abdullah, N., Horner-Johnson, W., Drum, C. E., Krahn, G. L., Staples, E., Weisser, J., & Hammond, L. (2004). Healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2,42-54.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES PEER-REVIEWED NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
Krahn, G. L., & Drum, C. E. (2006, March) Promoting healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities. Presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Miami, FL.
Horner-Johnson, W., Drum, C. E., & Abdullah, N. (2005, December). Evidence-based practice in promoting health for people with disabilities. Presented at the meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Abdullah, N., Horner-Johnson, W., & Bachmeier, J. (2005, February).Journey to health & wellness: A holistic approach. Presented at the Pacific Rim Conference, Honolulu, HI.
Drum, C. E., Weisser, J., Abdullah, N., Krahn, G., & Horner-Johnson, W. (2004, June).The healthy lifestyles evaluation project. Presented at the meeting of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability, Montpellier, France.
Abdullah, N. (2004, March). Healthy in mind, body & spirit: The healthy lifestyles evaluation project. Presented at the Pacific Rim Conference, Honolulu, HI.
Abdullah, N. & Horner-Johnson, W. (2003, October). Healthy lifestyles evaluation project for people with disabilities in Oregon. Presented at the International Conference on Health Promotion, Atlanta, Georgia.
Horner-Johnson, W., Lyman, L., Krahn, G., Drum, C., Weaver, & Bailey, D. (2008, October). Promoting the health of people with intellectual disabilities: Preliminary results of a randomized controlled trial. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS:
Horner-Johnson, W., Lyman, L., Krahn, G., Drum, C., Weaver, A., & Bailey, D. (2009). Promoting the health of people with intellectual disabilities: Preliminary results of a randomized controlled trial [Abstract]. Disability and Health Journal, 2(1), e13-e14.
Drum, C., Krahn, G., & Horner-Johnson, W. (2004). Healthy lifestyles curriculum for people with intellectual and other disabilities [Abstract]. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 48,454.
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