ERIC Number: EJ1112969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
A Structured Peer-Mentoring Method for Physical Activity Behavior Change among Adolescents
Smith, Laureen H.; Petosa, Rick L.
Journal of School Nursing, v32 n5 p315-323 Oct 2016
Despite national guidelines for regular physical activity, most adolescents are not physically active. Schools serve an estimated 60 million youth and provide an educational environment to meet the current physical activity guidelines. The obesity epidemic and chronic disease comorbidities associated with physical inactivity are not likely to be reversed without a strong contribution from local schools. This article describes how a structured peer-mentoring method provides a feasible, flexible, and tailored means to meet the current guidelines for best practice in a school setting. Structured peer mentoring using trained high school mentors to support behavior change in younger peers is an innovative method to meeting the "School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity." Through structured peer mentoring, adolescents are provided consistent social support in a caring and personalized manner. This support builds skills and competencies enhancing self-efficacy to sustain a lifetime of physical activity behavior.
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Physical Activity Level, Guidelines, Mentors, Peer Relationship, Health Promotion, Skill Development, Obesity, Chronic Illness, Comorbidity, Best Practices, Peer Groups, Social Support Groups, Caring, Eating Habits, Health Education, School Nurses, High School Students, Health Behavior, Self Efficacy, Program Implementation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01HD080866