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Faith-based motivation for health behavior change: a pilot of the Daniel Plan in a small, rural Alaskan community

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dc.contributor.author Williams, Anna J.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-09T21:33:42Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-09T21:33:42Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11122/7480
dc.description.abstract Motivating patients to make beneficial lifestyle changes such as improved diet and exercise habits is a challenging but important role for Nurse Practitioners. This project addressed this problem by exploring one promising method for motivating patients, that of faith-based interventions. The Daniel Plan, a previously successful faith-based, six-week small group study was implemented in a small, rural Alaskan community. Data collection included biometric measurements and self-report questionnaires on nutrition and physical activity. All those who completed the study lost weight and improved their diet and exercise habits. Participants reported that the group setting and the spiritual focus were most effective in facilitating their positive changes. These results support previous evidence that faith-based wellness interventions should be considered as a valuable tool for facilitating health behavior changes. They also indicate the importance of incorporating spirituality assessments into the care of patients as a potential way of motivating them to make such changes. More specifically, this project identified that the Daniel Plan was an effective program to recommend to those patients who identify with Biblical teachings. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Title Page / Abstract / Table of Contents / List of Tables / List of Appendices / Faith-Based Motivation for Health Behavior Change / Background and Significance / Purpose and Rationale / Clinical Questions / Relevance to best practice / Literature Review / Theoretical Framework / Multi-behavior Interventions / Faith-Based Wellness Interventions / Methods / Design / Setting / Consent Process and Protection of Human Subjects / Recruitment of Subjects / Intervention / Measurements / Demographics / Weight and BMI measurement / Waist circumference measures / Physical activity measures / Nutrition measures / Results / Attendance / Demographics / Weight and Body Mass Index / Waist Circumference / Physical Activity / Nutrition / Subjective Outcomes / Pre-intervention questionnaire / Post-intervention questionnaire / Discussion and Conclusions / Change in Practice / Outcomes and Self Determination Theory / Limitations and Recommendations for Further Study / Dissemination Plan/ References / Appendices en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Alaska Anchorage en_US
dc.subject faith-based motivation en_US
dc.subject behavioral modification en_US
dc.subject wellness intervention en_US
dc.title Faith-based motivation for health behavior change: a pilot of the Daniel Plan in a small, rural Alaskan community en_US
dc.type Report en_US


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