BELLA (Better Education for Lasting Lifestyle Achievement): An Interdisciplinary Wellness Program

By Lorri Kanauss, Cathy McMillan, Miriam Satern, Ralph Graham and Diane Hamilton-Hancock.

Published by Journal of Sport and Health

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BELLA (Better Education for Lasting Lifestyle Achievement), a ten-week interdisciplinary program, used the Social-Ecological Model to enhance wellness education for Western Illinois University female employees age forty and above their environment. It is designed to bring about modifications of the environment through facilitating changes in the behaviors of individuals. Thus the specific aim of the BELLA program was to target health and wellness behaviors of employees that had participated in previous campus wellness programs, to reinforce prior education and facilitate continued progress with more advanced educational and skill-related wellness topics. To provide added value to the faceto- face programming, a social support network website was developed to provide participants with twenty-four-hour access to information presented in weekly group sessions (e.g., facilitator-led exercise programs and cooking demonstrations) and discussion boards to provide participants with opportunities to ask questions in a “safe” environment. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the impact of the BELLA program on the health and wellness-related behaviors and outcomes among the participants. Improvements in both physical activity and dietary behaviors were observed, as well as modest but significant improvements in several body composition indices.

Keywords: Wellness, Promotion of Health, Well Being

Journal of Sport and Health, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.33-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: June 1, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 699.067KB)).

Dr. Lorri Kanauss

Professor of Dietetics, College of Education and Human Services, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA

Cathy McMillan

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Services, Department of Kinesiology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA

Dr. Miriam Satern

Professor of Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Services, Department of Kinesiology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA

Dr. Ralph Graham

Associate Professor of Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Services, Department of Kinesiology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA

Dr. Diane Hamilton-Hancock

Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA