Wellness Project Self Evaluation (Kliewer & Novak)We worked extremely well together and were able to inform many people about healthyeating and supplement use at Northeast Baptist Hospital on March 21stand 22nd. We began ourproject by discussing our topic in early February and what we felt would be good information topass on to the community at the hospital. We decided with the marketing and mass mediacoverage of supplements that we needed to provide correct and safe information about takingsupplements as well as the benefit of eating a well-balanced healthy diet.Synergistically we made a great team because we approached the project from differentangles. Therefore, creativity, interactivity, written and verbal communications of viableinformation were all encompassed in our booth. Both of us were able to interact professionallyand knowledgeably with the individuals who stopped at the booth. Due to the varying materialoffered, we were able to catch the attention of many people. Some wanted to sign the board andwrite how they ate healthy every day (n=17); others were interested in the Quiz on our displayboard and whether they could answer the questions correctly. For those not interested in thosethings we had handouts that provided information on supplement use, healthy eating and lists offoods that contain nutrients to convey the fact that eating a varied diet allows individuals to meettheir needs without the use of supplements.We marketed our Wellness Booth within the hospital by initially contacting the WellnessDirector of Northeast Baptist to schedule the dates and time of the booth. To be available to themost people, we choose an area across from the cafeteria that has the most traffic compared toother areas within the hospital. The booth was set up in a hallway to almost demand the attention
of those who passed by. If the décor, posters, and props did not grab attention, we ourselveswould initiate an interest or conversation by introducing our nutrition booth.We created a survey to be completed by booth participants in order to learn from ourexperience. The survey was created to assess who was stopping by the nutrition booth, if theytook a supplement, and if they believed the booth was successful. The survey included sixstatements to be rated on an agreement scale (A= agree, D= disagree, N/A= not applicable).There were a total of seven surveys that were completed. The results can be seen in Table 1.The survey did not ask for complements, however, one patron wrote the following: “Thenutrition booth was extremely helpful and I was very satisfied. Allison and Kristen were greatand very approachable and knowledgeable. I would like to see more nutrition booths especiallywith theses two (Allison and Kristen). Kristen answered a lot of unanswered questions. Thankyou so very much Kristen. Please continue to do what you’re doing. You’re extremelyknowledgeable and very customer service oriented. “Table 1Survey Results (n=7)Agree DisagreeNonApplicableI am employed by the Baptist Health System 7 (100%)I take supplements 3 (43%) 4 (57%)This nutrition booth was helpful 7 (100%)My questions were appropriately answered 5 (71%) 2 (28%)Allison and Kristen were approachable and knowledgeable 7 (100%)In the future I would like to see more nutrition booths 7 (100%)
Although the results of the survey are limited to only seven, when there were many morewho stopped by the booth ( loose estimate of 50 each day), the survey does show that the boothwas helpful. Three agreed to take a supplement, which proves the importance to educate thepublic not only on a healthful diet, but also on nutrition supplements. All surveys werecompleted by Baptist employees, showing that people who work in healthcare are interested in,and or need diet education. All those who were surveyed also agreed that they would like to seemore nutrition booths, showing a continued public interest in healthy dieting.The success of the booth cannot be determined solely by the number of surveyscompleted. As the hospital environment is fast paced, to take an extra minute to fill out a surveyis a lot to ask. Therefore, as expected many chose not to complete the survey. As communicatedbetween partners, it was observed that those who did stop were very interested and had manynutrition related questions. There were also those who stopped to tell their story of losing weightor eating healthy, and were encouraged to keep up the good work. Overall the booth wassuccessful in reaching a population that might not have known the truth about supplements or thebenefits of a colorful, healthful diet.Pictures taken from the nutrition booth of Allison Kliewer and Kristen Novak can beenviewed in Appendix I.
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