Date of Graduation

Summer 8-26-2015

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Raffel

Second Advisor

Dr. Jaclynn Hawkins

Abstract

This paper examines and evaluates the work of LIFT-Levántate a non-profit organization in San Rafael, California on their school-based nutritional education “health hub,” through health promotion interventions with adolescents. The James B. Davidson Middle School health hub educates students on topics related to nutrition and physical activity with the goal of providing access and increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables while lowering students’ intake of high-fat and sugary processed foods. Through research and observations of the students and families in this community, the data seems to indicate apparent disparities which vary by ethnicity, socioeconomic status and access. Underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, face significant health disparities in the United States.

An evaluation of the health hub’s progress will be assessed in order to recognize and address potential obstacles to effectively implementing a multifaceted program. By implementing pre-and-post intervention questionnaires, during the 2014-15 school year, the primary goal of this evaluation is to increase rates of healthy eating and physical activity participation among students. In the hope to implement this school-based health hub at other school communities in San Rafael, California. Results indicated that students overall, beliefs, perceptions, attitudes, and knowledge increased positively with the implementation of the health hub at James B. Davidson Middle School. These results have a promising effect for further support of programs and resources to be provided to this school community.