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Research - Step It Up Teen Wellness Program

Dr Dawn Evans, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, has designed this program and is conducting innovative research on the program as part of her research agenda within our Department.



Step It Up: Teen Wellness Program Flyer (click to open)


A healthy community, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2001), is one whose members lead productive lives, obtain adequate health care services, and practice preventative measures to ensure a high quality of life. Currently, there is an epidemic plaguing our community and significantly impacting the quality of life of its youngest members. In the United States, 12.5 million children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 years old are presently considered overweight (Office of the Surgeon General, 2010).

The Step It Up Teen Wellness Program is a health and wellness program that was established for adolescents in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The focus of the program is to improve the overall quality of life of our area adolescents by teaching them healthy strategies in making choices that will affect their overall health and well being. The Step It Up Program is an 8-week program designed to address the areas of nutrition, physical fitness, and self esteem with adolescents 8 through 14 years-old. The program will also address education and training for the families of the adolescents to support healthy lifestyle choices.