How to Change Knowledge, Skills and Behaviors

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 9.37.21 AMWhen implementing a Corporate Wellness Program with the desire to improve knowledge, skills and behavior:
*Don’t use statistics.  If people hear, “80% of Americans are sedentary”, they will think, “fine, I’m normal”.
*Avoid fear tactics.  Fear simply shuts people down.
*Only lead as far as you’ve gone.  If you want others to walk 10,000 steps and you yourself don’t, your program will fail.
*Use different teaching methods.  Thinkers (need content), achievers (need goals and specifics), and relators (need to know how.  Each has a different approach in terms of how they put information into practice.  One teaching methodology that works for all types of learners is:   Point, prove point, illustration, application. For example, if you trying to get folks to adopt a program of taking 10,000 steps per day, the point, prove point, illustration, application would be:
Point= 10,000 steps a  day is critical for better health
Prove point= site research showing this to be the case
Illustration=  John did this program for 4 months, and here’s what happened in terms of health improvement.
Application= You must be extremely specific.  Using the 10,000 steps a day example, specifics might be: How to schedule walking into the day, how to buy and wear shoes, how to find a gym, how to count steps, and so on.

Measurements of change are best done by pre and post program assessments.  Rather than doing in in the room, do the program evaluation via survey monkey or lime survey.

What questions to ask?
A great source this one from the CDC.
View the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the CDC.
Family questionnaire.

 

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