The Effectiveness of Health Promotion Counseling for Overweight Adolescent Nursing Students in Taiwan

Authors

  • Mei-Yen Chen R.N., M.S.N.,

    1. Mei-Yen Chen, RN, MSN, Associate Professor, Director of Health Center in, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing. Doctoral student at National Taiwan University, School of Nursing. Lian-Hua Huang, RN, PHD, Professor, National Taiwan University, School of Nursing, Director of Nursing Department, National Taiwan University Hospital. Edward K. Wang, M.D, Veterans General Hospital, Taipei.Nye-Jan Cheng, MD, Chang Gung Medical Center, Ching-Yun Hsu, RD, MS, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Li-Ling Hung, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Yea-Jwu Shiao, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.
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  • Lian-Hua Huang R.N., Ph.D.,

    1. Mei-Yen Chen, RN, MSN, Associate Professor, Director of Health Center in, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing. Doctoral student at National Taiwan University, School of Nursing. Lian-Hua Huang, RN, PHD, Professor, National Taiwan University, School of Nursing, Director of Nursing Department, National Taiwan University Hospital. Edward K. Wang, M.D, Veterans General Hospital, Taipei.Nye-Jan Cheng, MD, Chang Gung Medical Center, Ching-Yun Hsu, RD, MS, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Li-Ling Hung, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Yea-Jwu Shiao, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.
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  • Edward K. Wang M.D.,

    1. Mei-Yen Chen, RN, MSN, Associate Professor, Director of Health Center in, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing. Doctoral student at National Taiwan University, School of Nursing. Lian-Hua Huang, RN, PHD, Professor, National Taiwan University, School of Nursing, Director of Nursing Department, National Taiwan University Hospital. Edward K. Wang, M.D, Veterans General Hospital, Taipei.Nye-Jan Cheng, MD, Chang Gung Medical Center, Ching-Yun Hsu, RD, MS, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Li-Ling Hung, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Yea-Jwu Shiao, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.
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  • Ne-Jan Cheng M.D.,

    1. Mei-Yen Chen, RN, MSN, Associate Professor, Director of Health Center in, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing. Doctoral student at National Taiwan University, School of Nursing. Lian-Hua Huang, RN, PHD, Professor, National Taiwan University, School of Nursing, Director of Nursing Department, National Taiwan University Hospital. Edward K. Wang, M.D, Veterans General Hospital, Taipei.Nye-Jan Cheng, MD, Chang Gung Medical Center, Ching-Yun Hsu, RD, MS, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Li-Ling Hung, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Yea-Jwu Shiao, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.
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  • Ching-Yun Hsu R.D., M.S.,

    1. Mei-Yen Chen, RN, MSN, Associate Professor, Director of Health Center in, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing. Doctoral student at National Taiwan University, School of Nursing. Lian-Hua Huang, RN, PHD, Professor, National Taiwan University, School of Nursing, Director of Nursing Department, National Taiwan University Hospital. Edward K. Wang, M.D, Veterans General Hospital, Taipei.Nye-Jan Cheng, MD, Chang Gung Medical Center, Ching-Yun Hsu, RD, MS, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Li-Ling Hung, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Yea-Jwu Shiao, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.
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  • Li-Ling Hung R.N., M.S.N.,

    1. Mei-Yen Chen, RN, MSN, Associate Professor, Director of Health Center in, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing. Doctoral student at National Taiwan University, School of Nursing. Lian-Hua Huang, RN, PHD, Professor, National Taiwan University, School of Nursing, Director of Nursing Department, National Taiwan University Hospital. Edward K. Wang, M.D, Veterans General Hospital, Taipei.Nye-Jan Cheng, MD, Chang Gung Medical Center, Ching-Yun Hsu, RD, MS, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Li-Ling Hung, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Yea-Jwu Shiao, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.
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  • Yea-Jwu Shiao R.N., M.S.N.

    1. Mei-Yen Chen, RN, MSN, Associate Professor, Director of Health Center in, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing. Doctoral student at National Taiwan University, School of Nursing. Lian-Hua Huang, RN, PHD, Professor, National Taiwan University, School of Nursing, Director of Nursing Department, National Taiwan University Hospital. Edward K. Wang, M.D, Veterans General Hospital, Taipei.Nye-Jan Cheng, MD, Chang Gung Medical Center, Ching-Yun Hsu, RD, MS, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Li-Ling Hung, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.Yea-Jwu Shiao, RN, MSN, Instructor, Chang Gung Institute of Nursing.
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Abstract

This study examined the effectiveness of health promotion counseling for overweight adolescent nursing students. The Chinese version of an established health promotion counseling booklet developed by the author of this study was used in the counseling. The study employed a one-group pre- and post-quasi-experimental research design from September 1997 to June 1999. A total of 166 (17%) first-year, junior college nursing students were found to be overweight according to the results of a health examination at the school health center at a junior college in the Taipei Metropolitan Area. Of these 166 students, 58 were randomly selected and 49 of these had complete participation records for the 2-year study. All subjects received 8 hours of whole group and 12 hours of small group health promotion counseling over a 1-year period. The results show that health promotion counseling enabled subjects to adopt healthier lifestyles and most of the physiological variables (WLI, HDL, SBP, TC) were significantly improved. This research outcome supports the value of health promotion counseling in school health centers, which incorporates material to help overweight adolescent students live a healthier life.

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