Evaluation of the east centrl Georgia teen peer educator training program
Kaley, Teresa Bashaw
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Evidence exists that rural adolescents are at higher risk for negative health outcomes than their urban and suburban counterparts. Adolescent residents of rural communities may benefit from peer-led health promotions. Few studies have evaluated the impact of peer-led intervention on the peer educators. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the impact of the East Central Georgia Regional Teen Wellness Youth Training Summit on volunteers (n = 68) to assess whether participation in the summit would enhance motivation, knowledge, self-efficacy, and leadership skills to conduct peer-led health promotions. The one-day training significantly increased participants’ motivation, nutrition and physical activity knowledge, nutrition stages of change, self-efficacy for engaging in physical activity and serving as peer educators, but nutrition knowledge was the only change sustained at four-month follow-up. No significant changes occurred in nutrition self-efficacy, physical activity stages of changes, role modeling, or leadership. More training is needed to sustain changes.