ERIC Number: ED264932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Feb-14
Feasibility Study for Establishing a Weight Management Center at Harper College. Research Report Series Volume XIV, No. 7.
Salmons, Nicki; Lucas, John A.
William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Illinois conducted a study to determine the feasibility of establishing a Weight Management Center (WMC) at the college to provide a comprehensive program of nutrition education, increased physical activity, behavior modification, and psychological support. An interest questionnaire and a description of the proposed WMC were mailed to a sample of 1,000 district households, 500 WRHC students, and 100 faculty and staff. Study findings, based on responses from 52 residents, 40 students, and 31 faculty/staff members, and the assumption that non-respondents were not interested in the program, included the following: (1) it was estimated that 3,700 persons in the district would enroll in the program over a 5-year period; (2) if four 10-week terms were offered each year, an average of about 186 would attend each term, allowing about six sections of 30 to be offered; (3) most respondents were interested in attending the WMC in the evening or on Saturday; and (4) respondents indicated that on the average they would be willing to spend 2.7 hours per week in the program. The survey instrument and descriptions of the proposed WMC and the currently existing Human Performance Laboratory are included. (MPH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.