This research evaluates a health care program's effect on obesity, some associated health issues and boredom level of a special population of sexually violent persons in a restricted environment. The use of a simple pre-post test experimental design evaluated the Body Mass Index (BMI), free time boredom, blood pressure and health diagnoses of the participants. A health and fitness program by the name of Health Care Fitness (HCU) Program with a 12 week education course was the intervention in this study. The participants' BMI, free time boredom, blood pressure and health diagnoses were evaluated at the beginning and the end of the 12 week education course. No statistical significance was found in any of these areas which may be due to the small sample size and time of data collection. The Free Time Boredom Assessment (Ragheb and Merydith, 1995) indicated an average level of low normal free time boredom for this population. Even though no statistical significance was reached, the experimental group participants displayed a greater decrease in blood pressure compared to the control group. This research offers an example of a study conducted on a unique population.
|Advisor:||Yoder, Daniel G.|
|Commitee:||Bednarz, Michael, Carter, Marcia J.|
|School:||Western Illinois University|
|Department:||Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health sciences, Recreation|
|Keywords:||Fitness, Free-time boredom, Health, Obesity, Sexually violent persons|
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