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BodyWorks has been continuously evaluated since it first launched in 2006. All of the evaluation results have been positive, showing that parents made healthier food choices and were more physically active after participating in the BodyWorks program.
An independent pilot evaluation, conducted by Altarum Institute from 2006 to 2008, looked at the impact of BodyWorks on awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and practices of parents and their teen daughters in relation to physical activity and nutrition.
The evaluation showed that BodyWorks helped parents:
The evaluation also showed that BodyWorks parents were more likely to develop nutrition or physical activity goals and help their daughters develop nutrition or physical activity goals.
Based on the positive findings from the pilot evaluation, the BodyWorks toolkit was updated and additional BodyWorks program leaders were trained.
This evaluation, conducted from 2008 to 2010 by Shattuck & Associates, investigated the effectiveness of a combined Best Bones Forever! - BodyWorks program in increasing knowledge, positive attitudes, self-efficacy, ability to overcome barriers, and healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors.
Lessons from the Best Bones Forever! - BodyWorks pilot evaluation: Tips for trainers
The evaluation showed that for healthy diet and physical activity behaviors, the BodyWorks program increased the following areas:
Based on the results of this evaluation, bone health content from the Best Bones Forever! campaign was incorporated into the BodyWorks program materials.
With positive evidence from previous evaluations, OWH contracted with Shattuck & Associates to conduct an independent, multi-component evaluation of the BodyWorks program from 2010 to 2013.
Lessons from the multisite outcome evaluation: Tips for trainers
This evaluation included a larger sample, sons as well as daughters, programs in Spanish and English, and a follow-up evaluation two months after the BodyWorks program concluded.
Results from this study showed that participants in the program showed positive changes in their health behaviors and these changes were largely maintained two months after the conclusion of the program. BodyWorks helped participants:
This evaluation also found that boys benefited from the program as much as girls.
Sadler, M.D., Saperstein, S.L., Golan, E., Lotenberg, L.D., Sawatzki, D., Abercrombie, R.A., Teel, C. (2013). Integrating Bone Health Information into Existing Health Education Efforts. ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition; 5(3): 177–183.
Borden, V.M., Labiner-Wolfe, J., Blake, S.M., Marr, A., Rowe, J., Wasserman, J. (2012). BodyWorks: A parent-focused program to promote healthful eating and physical activity for children and adolescents. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior; 44(2): 192–193.
Content last updated: March 26, 2013.