Date of Award

Fall 10-16-2019

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Trina Larery

Second Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Giefer

Third Advisor

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.

Included in

Nursing Commons