Program for increasing resident's physical activity at the women's home

Elizabeth Konrad, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Obesity and overweight has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and the prevalence of overweight and obesity among residents of The Women's Home residents is high. This culminating experience is the result of my practicum at The Women's Home located in Houston, TX. The Women's Home is a rehabilitation center for victims of sexual assault, drug abuse, family violence, or a combination. A needs assessment including focus groups and a literature review was conducted to design a a physical activity intervention for the residents. Results from focus group data showed the resident's average BMI was 32, which is termed clinically obese by American standards. The focus groups determined a strong interest (92%) in engaging in more physical activity to combat their weight problem. As well, they expressed interest in using pedometers as a mechanism to increase physical activity. This planned program, “Every Step Counts”, uses reactivity to pedometers in conjunction with goal setting and increased awareness to increasing steps each day. “Every Step Counts” was developed with support and input from stakeholders, with theoretical constructs and previous evidence based studies. Included in this report are recommendations for implementation, program materials, scope and sequence of program activities, and methods for periodic evaluation.

Subject Area

Public health

Recommended Citation

Konrad, Elizabeth, "Program for increasing resident's physical activity at the women's home" (2011). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1497580.