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Am J Public Health. 1998 Feb;88(2):250-7.

Results of the TeachWell worksite wellness program.

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  • 1Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined whether providing a school-based teacher wellness program enhances the impact of a health curriculum on student outcomes and improves cognitive, behavioral, and physiological outcomes among participating teachers.

METHODS:

Thirty-two elementary schools were randomly assigned to experimental or comparison conditions. Comparison group schools received the Gimme-5 program, a curriculum designed to increase fourth and fifty graders' consumption of fruits and vegetables. Experimental schools received Gimme-5 and the teacher wellness program, which included 54 workshops over 2 years, along with several schoolwide health activities. Physiological, behavioral, and cognitive outcomes were assessed in teachers and students.

RESULTS:

There was no evidence that the intervention favorably modified any student or teacher end points; nor did intervention teachers deliver the Gimme-5 program with greater fidelity than comparison teachers.

CONCLUSION:

Confidence in the null results is bolstered by the randomized design, baseline sample equivalence, appropriate mixed-model analyses, and lack of selective or differential attrition. Insufficient participation in the wellness program appears a likely explanation for the lack of teacher and student effects. Factors specific to the school setting and intervention may have diminished participation and, thus, intervention effects.

PMID:
9491016
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PMCID:
PMC1508191
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