Dangerous health risks due to sedentary lifestyles prove to be a serious issue, especially
to those holding traditional desk jobs in the workplace. Upon request of the UMD Health
and Wellness Center's Lifestyle Management Health Coach, a behavioral systems
analysis of the UMD Group Health Coaching Program was conducted and revealed
several opportunities to evaluate and improve its current format. This study sought to
evaluate the UMD Group Health Coaching Program during the implementation of a 10-
week program offered to a group of 12 UMD employees who indicated interest in
increasing stepping behavior. Program evaluation included assessment of: (a) the
effectiveness of the UMD Group Health Coaching program to promote increased
stepping behavior of participants while using the Fitbit measurement system, (b) the
influence of participant access to the Fitbit website and mobile phone app on participants'
levels of physical activity, (c) the effects of social competition mediated through the
Fitbit system on individuals' participation in the challenges and levels of physical activity
while engaged in these challenges, and (d) the UMD Lifestyle Coach's perception of the
usefulness of recommendations derived from the BSA approach. Visual analysis of timeseries
data revealed an overall decrease in stepping behavior and levels of intensity of
physical activity across the 10-week program. Findings are discussed with regard to
implications for designing effective intervention components that include setting unique
step goals for each individual and incorporating contingent positively reinforcing
consequences to increase participants' stepping behavior in relation to their goal.
A Plan B Research Project submitted to the Faculty of University of Minnesota by Matthew C. Daly, B.A.S.
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the degree of Master of Arts. May 2016. 1 computer file (PDF); viii, 126 pages, appendices A-H
University of Minnesota, Duluth. College of Education and Human Service Professions.
Daly, Matthew C.
Stepping Up UMD Group Health Coaching: A Behavioral Intervention.
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