Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. Trina Larery
Dr. Cheryl Giefer
Dr. R. Scott Gorman
An Abstract of the Scholarly Project by
Amy Renee Butler, MSN, FNP-C
Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for chronic disease. Despite goals, guidelines and interventions physical inactivity continues to rise. Rural residents are at even higher risks of sedentary lifestyles highlighting the need for research and interventions focusing on this particular population.
The purpose of this study was to develop a community walking program to create an environment of favorable health resources in a rural area of mid-Missouri. The walking program provided residents with an educational meeting followed by a five week walking intervention that evaluated participants step counts to determine if the community walking program increased physical activity of the participants.
A demographic questionnaire, step count log and program evaluation from fifteen community members was analyzed. The results found a statistical difference in the average step count during the intervention when compared to baseline. Furthermore, participants provided positive feedback in the program evaluation survey. The research results suggest community walking programs can provide rural residents with knowledge and a tool to increase physical activity.
Butler, Amy, "Step It Up Macks Creek, MO: A Community Walking Program" (2019). Doctor of Nursing Practice. 31.