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Prototype family transition housing shelter peer instructor program: Fundamentals of weight loss and maintaining normal blood glucose levels for diabetics
by Andrews, Camilla N., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 156; 1522201
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to create a peer instructor program for use at a family transitional housing facility that would enable residents who completed the training program to act as peer instructors to other residents seeking information on weight loss and maintaining normal blood glucose levels. Public health agencies nationwide are seeking ways to reduce escalating medical costs associated with consequences of obesity, including diabetes. The use of peer instructors could potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs.

This peer instructor program consisted of overview materials at a workshop held at the facility to recruit peer instructors and three modules which provided educational materials and training on the fundamentals of weight loss, the connection between carbohydrates and blood glucose levels, motivational training and practice peer counseling sessions. The peer instructors provided oral and written feedback as the program progressed. The peer instructors personally benefited from the training as they reported individual weight loss and the use of training and materials with their family. The final peer instructor program was not tested.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lee, Jacqueline
Commitee: Itatani, Carol, Reiboldt, Wendy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nutrition, Epidemiology
Publication Number: 1522201
ISBN: 978-1-267-97687-1
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