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Title:Moving Matters!
Pub. date: May 2005
Includes: Curriculum, Handouts
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Description:This 14-part series of fact sheets is intended for use as a teaching tool by nutrition and health professionals working one-on-one with individuals. The curriculum, which teaches the importance of physical activity, uses stages of change theory to structure fact sheets into precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, and action/maintenance stages.
Funding Source: University of Maine Cooperative Extension. USDA Food Stamp Program.
Developer: Kathleen Savoie, Nellie Hedstrom, J
Organization: University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Length: 36 pages
Assessment instrument Used? Yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: This is an excellent set of handouts for SNAP-Ed providers who are working individually with participants on increasing physical activity. The overall goal of the handouts is to have the participant exercise three to five times a week, for 30 to 60 minutes per session. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend adults engage in at least 30 minutes physical activity on most days of the week to reduce the risk of chronic disease, 60 minutes of activity on most days to help manage body weight and prevent gradual, unhealthy weight gain, and 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity to sustain weight loss.

Strongly based on the stages of change theory, the handouts begin with an initial assessment designed to measure the participant’s readiness to change. The participant’s responses on this handout indicate to the educator which set of handouts to use next. Handouts for those in early stages of change address the benefits of physical activity and personal and environmental barriers to exercising and how to overcome them. Specific types and amounts of activity are not focused on. Handouts for those in later stages of change include examples of different types of exercise and their intensities, goal setting, and maintaining activity levels. Educators may choose to use multiple sets of handouts with a participant, as he/she moves through the stages of change, however, some of the same information will be repeated.

As participants are ready to change, they are encouraged to wear a pedometer (not included) to see if they can reach 10,000 steps a day. They are also encouraged to eat 100 less calories a day. Educators enforcing this dietary restriction and any other dietary advice with participants will likely need to discuss it with them in additional detail. No other dietary recommendations are included in the handouts. An activity log and contract is also included for participants who are ready to exercise.

All handouts are interactive, requiring the participant to read and work actively on them alongside an educator and apply the information to their own life. While they are designed for one-on-one use, they could also be used in small groups with participants who are at the same stage of change as one another. Handouts are easy to read and have a simple layout, with a good balance of text and white space. They feature two colors on a white background, and include mostly photographs and some clip-art graphics.

Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Contact: Kyle McCaskill
    Mail: 5741 Libby Hall, Room 110
Orono, ME 04469
    Phone: 207-581-3785
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 4.75 per series
    Avail. in Qty: Yes

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