Faculty Publications

Title

School Administrators' Experiences in a 6-Month Health and Wellness Community of Practice

Document Type

Article

Keywords

educational leadership, fitness tracker, health and wellness, physical activity, stress management

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of School Health

Volume

91

Issue

10

First Page

857

Last Page

866

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A statewide 6-month school administrator health and wellness program encouraged participants to use a fitness tracker to self-monitor their physical activity and sleep patterns. The purpose of this study was to examine participants' experience in a school administrator health and wellness program and their perceptions of the impact on health-related behaviors, including activity/movement, nutrition, and sleep. METHODS: Each of the 45 participants completed a semi-structured interview at three points in the program. Questions were designed to discern school administrators' perceptions of their ideal health and wellness balance at home and work. RESULTS: School administrators reported new insights into their own well-being, benefits of social supports in their personal wellness journey, an expanded understanding of their ideal health and wellness balance at home and work, and a stronger sense of serving as a role model who needs to take care of him/herself. CONCLUSIONS: Although the program was helpful in establishing an ideal health and wellness balance at home and work for some school administrators, future programs should better emphasize nutrition and scaffold opportunities to maintain new habits following program completion.

Department

Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies

Department

Department of Continuing Education

Original Publication Date

10-1-2021

DOI of published version

10.1111/josh.13073

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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