NHS Virtual Poster Session: Spring 2013

Thank you for visiting the Chatham University Nursing Honor Society’s first virtual poster session. We hope you enjoy and engage in active discussions as you review the posters presented below. In order to assist us with future programs, we ask that you leave us a few comments that address the following three questions and also ask that you participate in active discussions for each poster you view:

  • What content will you take away from the poster?
  • How will you apply this content to practice?
  • Share the amount of time you spent reviewing the poster’s content?

We appreciate your input and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, The NHS Board Members

Impact of Primary Care Physical Activity Intervention on Physical Activity Levels and Psychosocial Measures in Middle-Aged Women: The Healthy Bodies Healthy Hearts Study

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Impact of Primary Care Physical Activity Intervention on Physical Activity Levels and Psychosocial Measures in Middle-Aged Women poster

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  1. Kathleen says:

    Welcome to my poster based on the research study, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hearts, that explored the effect of a 12 week in-person physical activity group intervention on middle-aged women compared to an at-home comparison group.

    Objectives:
    1. Identify the different effects of an in-person physical activity intervention compared to an at-home group on weight, physical activity, and enjoyment of physical activity. Why might we see differences between groups?
    2. Describe the impact of an in-person 12 week physical activity intervention on overweight middle-aged women on their mood that were referred by their primary care physician.

  2. Kathleen Spadarokc says:

    Objectives:

    1. Identify the different effects of an in-person physical activity intervention compared to an at-home physical activity group on weight, physical activity, and enjoyment of physical activity.  

    2. Describe the impact of an in-person 12 week physical activity intervention on overweight middle-aged women on mood.
     

    • Sue Sterrett says:

      Thanks for sharing your study. I had a hard time seeing the data on the charts but I assume you found the moderated session had a better effect on weight loss and mood. I would think variables of getting to the session would have an impact also. In my personal experience I do well in a group meeting or exercise program but initially do not ant to go. I spent 20 minutes on this poster.

      • Kathleen Spadaro says:

        Sue,

        You should be able to increase the size of the poster and the different sections by putting the cursor on it. You are right that many people are able to do more in group sessions, having support from others. We suggest that also having the referral come from their PCP and actually doing physical activity in the group, trying out different exercises, helps motivate them to continue outside of group. I did individual mindful eating and mindful exercise sessions with the groups to help them explore their thoughts that might sabotage the eating choices or their commitment to exercise. Thoughts such as, I am too tired, I don’t have enough time now, I am sore from yesterday can hinder individuals from pursuing their goals. Helping them to acknowledge those thoughts but then let them go, allows them to push through with their commitment to exercise, eat less, make healthy choices, etc.
        Also teaching them to pay attention to their feelings and body, acknowledge them but again not letting those feelings or sensations change their focus to exercise or choose healthy foods.

        thank you for your comments!
        Kathleen

  3. Nancy Leighton Robinson says:

    I found this poster contents interesting – both personally and professionally. Physical activity is an intimidating concept for many people, especially those with weight concerns. Many people equate physical activity with going to a gym and/or running a race. In fact, any movement can make a positive impact on ones physical and psychological well-being. I see this in our diabetes education classes – we stopped using the term “exercise” and replaced it with “physical activity” to show that with just a small amount of effort people can improve the health status. Eight years ago at age 54, I started racewalking half and full marathons. This has been an evolution for me beyond compare. The most difficult thing to do is to get started by getting off of the couch. I agree with Sue, having a buddy is very helpful. Nancy

    • Kathleen says:

      Nancy,
      Your thoughts are exactly what we see in the literature and in real life. Exercise is a ‘dirty word’ to many middle-aged women. Also many of them have other medical conditions that prevent them from some of the more formal intense work-outs. That is why we introduced them to walking, stair climbing, stretch bands, yoga, etc. to show them there are ways they can increase their physical activity by just parking further away and walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. This led to a better appreciation of what they could do to help themselves.
      Thank you for your insight and sharing,

      Kathleen

  4. Diane Hunker says:

    Nice job, Kathleen.I would have thought there would be significant differences between the At Home group and the In Person group. I was surprised that there was not. Gives me food for thought regarding the importance and effectiveness of even the mildest of home activity versus doing nothing at all!

    • Cindy says:

      I agree with Diane that I would have thought the results would be more noticeable. Being in this population, I can relate to the deterrents to being physically active. I participate in a “Curves” program in a large suburban area and it is nice to see women of all cohorts attend. We have women in their 80′s using their canes to help them complete the circuit. They do it with the motivation of the coaches and the other women on the circuit.
      The poster is visually appealing with an easy to read flow. I spent 15 minutes reviewing it.

  5. Julie Slade says:

    Kathleen,

    Thank you for sharing your study. I believe all nurses, and most everyone, knows the benefit of physical activity – taking the step to include activity in your life is the hard part. Everyone is so busy all of the time! Unfortunately a lot of the ‘busy-ness’ is done in a sitting position. I’d love to have a treadmill desk! Your study will definitely add to the body of knowledge on the subject.

  6. Michelle Doas says:

    I found your poster to be both educational and inspiring. I think one of the most valuable attributes of your study is the applicability to diverse populations and ages groups.

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