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ERIC Number: EJ1139822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1077-5315
Extension Wellness Ambassadors: Individual Effects of Participation in a Health-Focused Master Volunteer Program
Washburn, Lisa T.; Traywick, LaVona; Copeland, Lauren; Vincent, Jessica
Journal of Extension, v55 n2 Article 2RIB5 Apr 2017
We present findings from a pilot implementation of the Extension Wellness Ambassador Program, a health-focused master volunteer program, and briefly describe the program approach and purpose. Program participants received 40 hr of training and completed assessments of self-efficacy, physical activity, and functional fitness at baseline and 3-month follow-up. Paired-samples t-tests showed significant positive changes in mean for general self-efficacy, self-efficacy for practicing health behaviors, physical activity, and nearly all functional fitness measures. Our findings demonstrate that participation in a health-focused master volunteer program can positively influence participants' lifestyle behaviors as they work to improve health and quality of life in their communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas
Grant or Contract Numbers: 20134610021466