ERIC Number: EJ1063156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
Can an Immersion in Wellness Camp Influence Youth Health Behaviors?
Mabary-Olsen, Elizabeth A.; Litchfield, Ruth E.; Foster, Randal; Lanningham-Foster, Lorraine; Campbell, Christina
Journal of Extension, v53 n2 Article 2FEA9 Apr 2015
Summer 4-H camps present an untapped opportunity for advancement of mission mandates. The project reported here immersed campers in healthy living experiential learning. The goal was to improve self-efficacy and health behaviors related to nutrition and physical activity. Data was collected from enrolled campers through multiple survey tools. A total of 74 campers completed baseline surveys during summer 2012; 6-month follow-up rate was 72%. Camp improved intervention campers' nutrition knowledge (p<0.10) and home food environment (p<0.05). Results suggest experiential learning/immersion opportunities in nutrition, culinary, and gardening may encourage positive health behaviors and influence the home food environment.
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Youth Programs, Health Promotion, Health Behavior, Experiential Learning, Self Efficacy, Nutrition, Physical Activity Level, Surveys, Intervention, Knowledge Level, Food, Program Effectiveness, Gardening, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Nutrition Instruction, Cooking Instruction, Statistical Analysis, Scores, Gender Differences, Age Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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