|Mccabe Sellers, Beverly|
Submitted to: International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/20/2005
Publication Date: 6/20/2005
Citation: Hyman, E.G., Mccabe Sellers, B.J., Strickland, E., Prewitt, T.E., Staggs, C.G., Bogle, M.L. 2005. Meeting Proceedings ofCommunity readiness for nutrition and physical activity intervention research. Meeting Proceedings of International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.4:90.
Technical Abstract: Purpose: To present findings from an assessing of community readiness for nutrition and physical activities in three rural Delta communities. Methods: The Tri-Ethnic Community Readiness Survey, an instrument that translates qualitative interviews into six dimensions of readiness, was adapted for assessing readiness for nutrition and physical activity interventions. Interviews of key informants from eight sectors in the community were conducted and scored. After independent scoring by two researchers, a consensus on a single score for each of the six dimensions was built. An overall stage of readiness score was assigned by summing the six dimension scores and dividing by six. Results: An overall community readiness score for each of the three communities was determined for both nutrition and physical activity readiness. The three overall community scores out of a maximum of 10 were: Community A: 3.45 and 3.52 for nutrition and physical activity readiness, respectively; Community B: 2.85 and 2.83, respectively, and Community C: 3.71 and 3.86, respectively. Conclusions: These results suggest the communities were not as ready for the interventions as some of the local leaders thought, that more effort and new strategies need to be implemented to increase readiness, and the survey provides an objective assessment outside the local NIRIs. Specific strategies are given for varying levels of readiness. Closeness of the two issues in all three communities suggest that addressing only one of the two issues would have yielded the same degree of information and taken less respondent time. Funding was by USDA, ARS#6251-53000-004-00D