by Mindy Von Elling
Elizabeth Fallon, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University is working with Sharolyn Flaming Jackson, instructor/extension specialist at the Northeast Area Extension Office and Brandonn Harris, assistant professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, to find ways to combat the growing epidemic of obesity and chronic disease. The project titled "Partnering with K-State Research and Extension to Develop and Disseminate a Cognitive-Behavioral Program for Physical Activity" was awarded funding in the fall of 2009 and will have three steps toward completion.
The first step is to develop and test two activity programs: standard of care vs. enhanced. The second is to disperse the standard of care program to Kansas residents through K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) and consumer science agents. Finally, the program will be used to apply to the National Institutes of Health for further testing as a randomized control trial.
The project team will enlist the help of graduate and undergraduate students, KSRE agents and community residents to evaluate a 14-week behavioral modification physical activity (PA) program for adults. Sixty women will be randomized into either the standard of care program or the enhanced/body image program and will be asked to engage in group discussions each week over a different topic. At each point of assessment, all participants will wear a motion sensor to detect movements that provide information on the amount and intensity of PA.
The program will be turned into an online course through K-State Continuing Education and aims to provide training and educational programs to strengthen the economic and social well-being of Kansans by preventing chronic diseases.