"Practice What You Teach" Public Health Nurses Promoting Healthy Lifestyles (PHeeL-PHiNe): Program Evaluation

Ronnie Hasson, Aliza H. Stark, Naama Constantini, Rani Polak, Gina Verbov, Naomi Edelstein, Michel Lachmi, Rivka Cohen, Shuli Maoz, Nihaya Daoud, Hannah Soltz-Aharony, Chen Stein-Zamir

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Abstract

Healthy lifestyle programs are essential for meeting the challenge of noncommunicable diseases. The Public Health Nurses Promoting Healthy Lifestyles (PHeeL-PHiNe) program engaged nurses from family health clinics in Jerusalem District and included physical activity, healthy nutrition, and motivational skills. Questionnaires were completed at baseline, postintervention, and at 18 months. Results showed a marked effect on health practices. The proportion of nurses consuming a balanced diet and the use of food labels significantly increased and were maintained over time. Short-term improvements in physical activity were also observed. Nurses who practiced a healthy lifestyle were significantly more likely to provide guidance and counseling to families on healthy behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • community-based prevention
  • health behavior
  • lifestyle
  • nurses
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • professional capacity building
  • public health

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