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ERIC Number: EJ1063156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: EISSN-1077-5315
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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