APH 1998, 56, 275-289:
participation in a nutrition education programme.
L. Braeckman, L Maes, M. Bellemans, M.R. Vanderhaegen, A.M. De Maeyer, D. De Bacquer, and G. De Backer
Keywords: health promotion, nutrition, participation, process evaluation, worksite
Background. Most studies on feasibility and impact of worksite health promotion programmes focus on health outcomes and do not report participation and process data. Therefore, we conducted a process evaluation of an employee nutrition education programme.
Methods. The study population comprised 361 middle-aged male employees who responded to a risk factor questionnaire and underwent a physical examination; 90% of baseline subjects were surveyed a second time at the end of the intervention period. The intervention programme consisted of personal counselling based on screening results, media messages, nutrition group sessions and environmental changes. Measures of participation, characteristics of respondents, barriers to participation and employees'perception of the programme were used to evaluate the education programme.
Results. At baseline, the overall response rate was 81 %, in nutrition classes 36% of the respondents enrolled. Unmarried employees, bluecollar workers and smokers were less likely to participate in these group sessions. Among nonparticipants, lack of time and existing good health were the most given reasons for not participating. The overall employees'rating of the programme was positive.