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 from 2006-2008 by Altarum Institute 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 – 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.
The evaluation showed that for healthy diet and physical activity behaviors, the BodyWorks program increased:
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 - 2013. This evaluation included:
Initial results from this study show that participants in the program showed positive changes in their health behaviors. Both parents and children engaged more frequently in behaviors such as writing in a journal about their exercise and eating habits, working toward eating and exercise goals, planning healthy meals, and exercising together. Parents also showed positive changes in their nutrition and physical activity knowledge and self-efficacy. Also, boys benefited from the program as much as girls. A full evaluation report will be posted in Summer 2013.
“BodyWorks: a parent-focused program to promote healthful eating and physical activity for children and adolescents” in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior as a piece in the “Great Education Materials” (GEMs) section. (Borden, V. M., Labiner-Wolfe, J., Blake, S. M., Marr, A., Rowe, J., Wasserman, J., Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2012, Vol 44, No 2, Pages 192-193)
Content last updated March 26, 2013.