According to the Centers for Disease Control, 33.9% of U.S. adults are overweight and 35.1% are obese. Individuals with the highest rates of overweight and obesity are African Americans (48%) followed by Latinos (43%), who in many cases are also underserved. Regular physical activity and proper nutrition have many health benefits; however, overweight and obese undeserved individuals may not be aware of the available resources, nor have the financial means to partake in quality fitness and nutrition programing. Kinesiology and Nutrition students, on the other hand, have limited opportunities to provide fitness and nutrition programming to underserved communities while developing their well-being, character, and leadership strengths. Because of the dual-natured need, the Beach Community Wellness Program (BCWP) was created. The BCWP is a free fitness and nutrition intervention program taught by CSULB Kinesiology and Nutrition students. The program is offered to underserved citizens in the North Long Beach area. The purpose of this project was to provide a comprehensive synopsis of the BCWP that focuses on: 1) the design and implementation of BCWP; and 2) the program’s effects from both the adults and student perspectives.
|Commitee:||Donlin, Ayla, Schroeder, Jan|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Fitness, Nutrition programs, Physical activity|
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