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					FUN Walking on the Web
A web-enhanced walking program for City of Garfield residents.

Presented by
Starr Eaddy, PhD, CHES & Darleen Reveille, RN

Overview
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Rationale FUN Goals Program Objectives Participants: Garfield Method: FUN Walk FUN Walk Perspectives Barriers for Minority Communities Results Contacts

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Rationale
In 2003-04 1
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Over 66 million (32.2%) of adults were obese. Almost 5% of adults were extremely obese.

“the fastest-growing public health concern for New Jersey is obesity and its causes.”
-- The NJ State Development and Redevelopment Plan, 2001

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Rationale cont’
Physical Activity 2005
State of NJ
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Only 25.5% of adults got 20+ minutes of vigorous physical activity three or more days per week 2

Bergen County, NJ
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Only 27.1% of adults got 20+ minutes of vigorous physical activity three or more days per week 3

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F.U.N. (Fitness, Unity and Nutrition)
Overarching Strategic Plan Mission Statement: F.U.N. is a model program dedicated to fitness, unity and nutrition in Garfield Vision: Garfield residents will have access to resources that engage them in the adoption of healthy behaviors Goals: I. Improve the overall health and reduce obesity of Garfield residents in their respective communities by: 1. Access to information and resources. Facilitate access to information and resources to enhance body composition specifically for the “over-fat and under-fit” 2. Engage residents of Garfield in activities. Integrate the activities into the fabric of the community.

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Program Objectives:
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Access to information and resources
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To provide health knowledge and physical activity learning assessments to enhance body composition . To increase scores on learning assessments as compared to baseline.

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Engage residents of Garfield in activities
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To increase the number of steps taken by formerly sedentary adults to at least 5000 steps per day within 1 year.

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Participants: Residents of Garfield, NJ 4
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Population: 29,786
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6% African descent 13% Asian 13% Hispanic 39% foreign born 14% over 65 years old

City leaders supporting “Walk at Work”

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Area: 2.08 square miles 5,000 Students County Parks: 2

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Method: FUN Walk
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A semi-structure web-enhanced walking program Support and guidance provided via discussions boards and monitored chats. Participants earn incentives for progress toward knowledge and physical activity (PA) goals. Maps of parks and recreation areas highlight local facilities Pedometers are provided to tract physical activity goals. Program integrates low cost nutrition information Areas to socialize and build community Non competitive Multi-lingual interface

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FUN Walk Perspectives
For Participants  Easy to use  Available 24/7  Peer support  Fun activities  Effective  Non competitive  Progress incentives  Self paced  Free* sponsored by city of Garfield
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For Providers  Easy turnkey set up  Effective  Evidence based  Monthly outcome reports  No added equipment or staff  Fully customizable  Low cost

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Barriers to addressing obesity in minority communities
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Environmental Barriers
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Fun Walk Interventions  Environmental Barriers
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To physical activity To good nutrition

To physical activity
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Cultural Barriers

Group Walking Stair Walking

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To good nutrition
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Farmer’s Market Directory Cooperatives Budget sensitive menus
Multi-lingual resources Multi-lingual site directions

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Cultural Barriers
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Results
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The program is currently undergoing pilot testing; preliminary results should be available in fall 2007. Contact Dr. Eaddy for updates and additional information.

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References
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CDC Obesity Facts Source http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/06facts/obesity03_04.htm Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System -Prevalence Data source:http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfss/display.asp?cat=PA&yr=2005&q key=4418&state=NJ
SMART Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends Source : http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfsssmart/MMSACtyRiskChart.asp?yr2=2005&CtyCode=90&cat=PA&MMSA=61&qkey =4419&grp=0

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City of Garfield fast facts http://www.garfieldnj.org/content/177/302/default.aspx

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Contacts
Starr Eaddy, PhD, CHES Patient People, Inc. PO Box 511, Edgewater, NJ 07020-0511 Ph: 201-312-5525, Fax: 201-941-7522 E-mail: Sleceo@ahealthcoach.com Website: www.ahealthcoach.com
Darleen Reveille, RN, City of Garfield Health Department 60 Elizabeth Street, Garfield, NJ 07026 Ph: 973-340-3340, Fax: 973-772-7721
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