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ERIC Number: EJ805311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
An Evaluation of a Community Health Intervention Programme Aimed at Improving Health and Wellbeing
Strachan, G.; Wright, G. D.; Hancock, E.
Health Education Journal, v66 n3 p277-285 2007
Objective: The objective of this evaluation was to examine the extent to which participants in the Tailor Made Leisure Package programme experienced any improvement in their health and wellbeing. Design: A quantitative survey. Setting: The Healthy Living Centre initiative is an example of a community-based intervention which was formalized as part of the British government's health policy. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce inequalities in health and promote good health and wellbeing. The programme was offered by a Healthy Living Centre located in Scotland. Method: The benefits of the initiative were investigated through the use of a postal questionnaire which was used to examine the perceived benefits of the Tailor Made Leisure Package programme. This was distributed to a total of 177 people who had applied to take part in the programme during the period February 2004 to February 2005. Results: Of the 177 people surveyed 90 returned completed questionnaires giving a response rate of 51 per cent. Of these, 70 people started the programme. Those who started the programme took part in a variety of activities including the gym, GP Referral programme and complementary therapies. The reported benefits were that individuals felt fitter and healthier, they were taking part in additional leisure activities and that they were socializing more frequently. Those participants who had complementary therapy reported a relief of symptoms associated with their particular health condition. All of these benefits are important in the process of improving health and wellbeing. The 20 individuals who did not start their programme reported that personal circumstances, health reasons, transport problems, financial difficulties and the activities/programme being inappropriate were the main reasons for not starting the programme. Conclusion: The results of the evaluation suggest that an initiative such as this is worthwhile in promoting positive health and wellbeing. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)