Assessing Parent Satisfaction and Child Outcomes: A Qualitative Evaluation of a Community-Based Exercise and Nutrition Program
thesisposted on 13.05.2019, 00:00 authored by Brittany D. McDonald, Anne Stevens, Jessica T. Hinojosa
The Healthy Kids Rx program is designed to increase physical activity and nutrition knowledge in youth. Exercise and nutrition, especially when incorporated into a community-based intervention (Inman et al., 2011), has shown to increase health and wellness, cognitive functioning, and academic achievement (Correa-Burrows et al., 2017). The aim of this study is to evaluate the accessibility and feasibility of Healthy Kids Rx using parent feedback from twenty-nine surveys. Survey questions were open-ended and used to query parents on perceived improvements in physical activity, nutrition knowledge, and enjoyment of the program. A variation of grounded theory analysis (Creswell & Poth, 2018) was used to develop emergent themes and sub-themes based on survey responses. Emergent themes included community support/acceptance, parent observed physical/emotional improvements, novelty in activities, and family lifestyle changes. Consistent with research (e.g., Davies et al., 2016; Hannan et al., 2015), these themes reflected the Self-Determination Theory and the Theory of Planned Behavior. The findings demonstrate the program is acceptable to parents because of perceived positive youth outcomes and the motivation for continued participation.