Abstracts June 2013

June 2013, Vol. 18, No. 1
ISSN 1540 5273

Utilizing A University Clothing And Textiles Collection To Implement A Workplace Dress Program

Diana Saiki, Ball State University


Clothing and textile collections are common in family and consumer sciences programs, but they are underutilized resources for the community. These collections can help address a number of community issues in a positive and entertaining manner. The purpose of this article is to present and assess a program about workplace dress that incorporated a historic clothing and textile collection at Ball State University. The program was developed by faculty, students, and collection staff. Community members from organizations serving low-income groups participated in a presentation that included interacting with collection artifacts, a shopping trip with fashion students who served as consultants, and a style show. The results demonstrate that seventy-five low-income men and women learned about clothing fit, appropriate workplace dress, and selecting workplace dress within a particular budget. Participants also enjoyed the program. It was a mutually beneficial activity merging resources from the collection, university, and community. Full Text

Guided Goal Setting: A Behavior Change Strategy Adapted To The Needs Of Low-Income Parents Of Young Children Participating In Cooperative Extension Programs

Mical K. Shilts, California State University, Stephanie L. Sitnick, ,University of Pittsburgh, Lenna Ontai, University of California, Marilyn S. Townsend, University of California


Given the alarming obesity rates among preschoolers, families need parental education to facilitate family environmental and behavioral changes. Our purpose was to adapt guided goal setting (GGS) for use with low-income, low-literate parents of young children participating in Cooperative Extension nutrition education programs. Parents identified three goal motivators during parent interviews (n=10): child health, parenting skills, and parent health. Parent preferences for goal phrasing focused on meal planning and child involvement in food selection. Parents indicated the preference for more choices in the goal selection process. GGS materials were rated grade 3.8 for readability. Formative evaluation guided the tailoring of the GGS companion curriculum. Full Text

Stand Up To Falling: A Multi-Component Fall Prevention Extension Program

Amy F. Hosier, Anthony Setari, University of Kentucky


Each year one out of three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall, which leads to a fear of falling, moderate to severe injury, and even death. In addition to the physical and psychological impact, falls are associated with severe economic consequences for individuals, their families, and society at large. The multi-component Stand Up to Falling Extension program emphasizes four preventable risk factors identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): physical activity, home safety, healthy vision, and medical management. When properly addressed, each of these factors can reduce and even prevent the likelihood of falls. The program was presented to 1,324 participants in Kentuckyby trained Extension county educators. The program demonstrated positive results with participants reporting that they learned ways to prevent falls, planned to make changes to their lifestyles, and that they would recommend the program to others. Full Text

Consumers Are More Important Than Generally Believed

William Beranek, David R. Kamerschen, University of Georgia Full Text


Why Have Kids: A New Mom Explores The Truth About Parenting And Happiness by Jessica Valenti

Reviewed by Kim Allen Full Text




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