Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Health and Human Performance (Exercise Science Option)
Department or School/College
Department of Health and Human Performance
Annie Sondag, Ryan Mays, Susi Mathis
Cardiovascular disease, behavior change, university of montana
University of Montana
Cardiovascular Diseases | Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Porisch, Laura, M.S., Spring 2016 Health and Human Performance
Abstract—The Healthy Heart Program at the University of Montana: A Program Review
Chairperson: Steven Gaskill
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify whether the Healthy Heart Program at the University of Montana is successful at facilitating lifestyle behavior changes. Methods: Six participants from Spring of 2015 were interviewed 3-4 months post and again 9-10 months post participation in the program. Interview questions focused on whether participants were working toward goals as well as their opinion of the program and what could be done to improve it. Additionally, 18 participants who took the Rand-36 quality of life questionnaire before the program were redistributed the questionnaire 9-10 months post after participation. Dependent t-tests were run for each dimension of the questionnaire.
Results: Participants reported making specific goals to improve their health as well as continuing to work toward those goals after 9-10 months. Suggestions were also made to contact subjects after participation in the program. No significant differences were found in any dimensions of the Rand-36.
Conclusion: The Healthy Heart Program shows some success at facilitating lifestyle behavior changes in participants. However, further research is needed to quantify successful behavior change. Furthermore, the participants would benefit from increased contact with students or professors to guide them through their behavior change process.
Porisch, Laura B., "The Healthy Heart Program at the University of Montana: A Program Review" (2016). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 10634.
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