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Prev Chronic Dis. 2006 Jul;3(3):A101. Epub 2006 Jun 15.

Move & Improve: a worksite wellness program in Maine.

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  • 1Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center, Maine Center for Public Health, 12 Church St, Augusta, ME 04330, USA. mpolacsek@mcph.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We describe the evaluation process and outcomes of Move & Improve, a worksite wellness program in Maine. The evaluation process was based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health and community-based participatory research principles. Innovative approaches are required to address burgeoning chronic disease trends and risk factors. Worksites are an ideal setting in which to affect working adults and high-risk individuals. Using community-based participatory research methodology increases community capacity for evaluation, dissemination, and use of evaluation results.

CONTEXT:

Move & Improve is an ongoing program that was implemented in 1996. Although evaluation data have been collected since the program's inception, a more systematic evaluation based on community-based participatory research principles was undertaken in 2003 and 2004 with the technical assistance of the Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center and Colby College.

METHODS:

The Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center facilitated the development of a program logic model, evaluation questions, data collection instruments, an analysis plan, presentations, and reports. We used a cross-sectional study design with nonparticipant comparison groups.

CONSEQUENCES:

Data indicate possible program improvement strategies and substantial improvements in lifestyle factors among participants.

INTERPRETATION:

Limitations of the evaluation include participant self-selection, cross-sectional study design, a lack of adequate resources for evaluation, and the challenges of using community-based participatory research methods. Despite these limitations, Move & Improve program staff consider the evaluation of the program a success and have learned ways to improve the program and future evaluation efforts. Overall satisfaction with the process has been nurtured through community-based participatory research methods. This approach also enabled us to meet key evaluation standards.

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16776862
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PMCID:
PMC1637789
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