Walk for Life: Changing Behaviors Through A Web-based Educational Program for at Risk High School Students

By Rochelin Herold, Priscah Mujuru and Genevieve Bardwell.

Published by The Technology Collection

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A wide range of informative health-related Web sites exists on the Internet, however, many lack strategies needed for behavior modification skills. To address this issue a Walk-for Life (WAFL) web-based pilot educational intervention program was developed to assess the knowledge and awareness of walking as a physical activity behavior among adolescents. The WAFL was evaluated by high school students who were enrolled in the program called Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) an after school college enrichment preparation program for at risk students. The West Virginia University implements the HSTA program. A total of 14 students received the WAFL URL address* for access to the Web site tailored to high school students' and constructed based on five social cognitive theory (SCT) behavioral constructs. Students completed a process evaluation while viewing the Web site for two weeks followed by an impact evaluation. As a result of this intervention, the majority of the students reported that their knowledge and awareness of walking as a form of physical activity behavior increased. The results showed 83.3% were able to identify at least 3 ways to use positive reinforcement methods and 75% were able to identify 3 benefits that can result from increasing their walking as a moderate form of physical activity behavior. The Internet is becoming an easily accessed and valued information source on a variety of health issues for adolescents. Therefore, health educators should be encouraged to incorporate the Internet as a medium for future health interventions targeting similar groups of adolescents.

Keywords: Health Educator, Internet Education, Physical Activity, Behavior Modification

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.125-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 564.576KB).

Rochelin Herold

Graduate Student, Life University, Life University, Marietta,, GA, USA

Dr. Priscah Mujuru

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

Ms. Genevieve Bardwell

Curriculum Cordinator, Health Sciences and Technology Academy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA


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