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On this page, you will find content from a health education program created by Allison Carpenter, Ailee Leppi and Sade Shervheim. During this semester, we were given the task to create a health education program with a certain population in mind. The three of us were given the topic of Mindfulness and the connection to Jamar, from there we worked to create the Mindful Moments program. This program is designed to educate Jamar employees on what mindfulness is and provide them with mindfulness techniques to reduce stress that the workplace might cause.

top 5 Skills Developed in HLTH 3305

  1. Apply health behavior theory, evidence-based practice, and the responsibilities of a health education specialist in community settings.
  2. Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms through a variety of media, to diverse audiences.
  3. Plan, implement, and evaluate a community health lesson using effective educational methods.
  4. Design effective print and electronic health education, communication, and marketing methods and materials that are culturally and developmentally appropriate.
  5. Develop teamwork, interpersonal, organizational, feedback, and other transferable skills.

introduction

Overview, Organization/Program Name, Vision, Mission, Goals

Our program, Mindful Moments, is a health education program created for Jamar - a specialty construction company in Duluth, MN. This program delivers information through videos, infographics and other instructional resources on these three main concepts:

  1. What is mindfulness?
  2. What is stress and how does it impact my health?
  3. How can I use mindfulness techniques to reduce my stress?

Vision: Present employees, less stressed Jamar

Mission: Promote healthy work environments and employee behavior in the Duluth region through engaging mindfulness training.

Goal: Promote mindfulness techniques that reduce stress to employees of Jamar.

Rationale & Purpose

Problem Statement: The amount of adults in the United States who report the workplace being a stressor in their life remains high. According to the American Psychological Association’s (2019) Stress in America study, the second leading cause of stress in Generation X and Millennial generations is work related (Fig. 2). The American Institute of Stress (2019) also found that around 9 out of 10 American workers say that they experience stress in the workplace. It is widely known that stress can have negative long-term effects if it is not managed in a healthy way. These long-term effects can be mental or physical. Mental long-term effects may include; anxiety, depression, personality changes and sleep disorders (Kane, 2020). Physical long-term effects may include; weight gain, aging appearance, heart attack and stroke (Kane, 2020). Overall, these long-term effects can reduce one's quality of life, as well as their health and wellness as a whole. Because the workplace is a major stressor in working adults, wellness programs focused on stress reduction must be implemented.

Figure 1. Sources of Stress for Gen. X and Millennial Generations Figure one provides a graphic representation of the sources of stress for Gen. X and Millennial Generations from the 2019 Stress in America Survey.

Theoretical Foundation

This program is guided by The Theory of Planned Behavior, which is a continuum theory that has an intrapersonal level of influence.

Figure 2. The Theory of Planned Behavior Flow Chart

planning

Needs Assessment

For our needs assessment, we sent out a Google Form to the Jamar employees we are working with to fill out. From the results of this survey, we created a health education tailored to the needs of the participants. Below are key findings from this survey.

Figure 3. Daily Stress Levels of Jamar Employees
Figure 4. Mindfulness Practice Experience of Jamar Employees

Brand Identity

Figure 5. Mindful Moments brand identity designed by Allison, Ailee and Sadie

presentation

Learning Outcomes

  1. After the presentation, 70% of participants will be able to give a correct definition of mindfulness with examples as demonstrated in the videos in the post-workshop survey.
  2. At least 60% of the participants will report being more prepared for the at-home workday after learning tips demonstrated in the videos in the post-workshop survey.
  3. After the presentation, at least 60% of participants will respond that they are “likely” or “very likely” to practice mindfulness in the workplace as demonstrated in the videos in the post workshop survey.

Methods

This program delivers content through a series of videos, infographics and other instructional resources. The information is shared via email and on our Facebook page, Mindful Moments, on a weekly basis. Our posting schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

Figure 6. Mindful Moments Program Schedule pt. 1
Figure 7. Mindful Moments Program Schedule pt. 2

Presentation

Because the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester was transitioned to be online, we adapted our presentation to be given online. We did this by creating a series of informational videos on different topics related to mindfulness.

Video 1: What is Mindful Moments?

Video 2: Mindful Minutes

Video 3: Mindful Meals

Video 4: Mindful Movement

Video 5: Working From Home Tips

Video 6: Mindful Moments Review

Instructional Resources

To go along with our informational videos, we have each created our own and collaborated on infographics and other instructional resources. These resources serve as an aid for program participants to better understand the material being shared.

Figure 8. Nine Attitudes of Mindfulness graphic designed by Allison Carpenter
Figure 9. Stress Infographic designed by Sadie Shervheim, content by Ailee Leppi and Allison Carpenter
Figure 10. Mindfulness Infographic and content designed by Sadie Shervheim
Figure 11. Mindful Minutes graphic by Ailee Leppi
Figure 12. Mindful Meals graphic by Ailee Leppi
Figure 13. Mindful Movement graphic by Ailee Leppi
Figure 14. The Raisin Meditation graphic adapted from Allison Carpenter by Ailee Leppi.
Figure 15. Today's Plan Template designed by Allison Carpenter
Figure 16. To-Do List Template designed by Allison Carpenter

Social Media

We used our Facebook page, Mindful Moments, to share weekly program content. To check out our Facebook page, click the button below.

Results

Learning Outcomes

  • After the presentation, 70% of participants will be able to give a correct definition of mindfulness with examples as demonstrated in the videos in the post-workshop survey.
Figure 17. Understanding of Mindfulness
Figure 18. What is Informal Mindfulness?
Figure 19. What is Formal Mindfulness?
  • At least 60% of the participants will report being more prepared for the at-home workday after learning tips demonstrated in the videos in the post-workshop survey.
Figure 20. Preparedness for the At-Home Workday
  • After the presentation, at least 60% of participants will respond that they are “likely” or “very likely” to practice mindfulness in the workplace as demonstrated in the videos in the post workshop survey.
Figure 23. Incorporation of Mindful Minutes
Figure 22. Incorporation of Mindful Eating
Figure 21. Incorporation of Mindful Movement

Program Outcomes

We did not have the number of participants or post-evaluation responses we hoped for, however we believe that the following program outcomes were achieved.

  1. Increasing knowledge of stress and mindfulness in Jamar employees.
  2. Increasing access to mindfulness resources for Jamar employees.
  3. Decreasing the workplace stress of Jamar employees through mindfulness practices.
  4. Increasing knowledge of methods and skills to use while working from home.

In our program evaluation, we asked participants what they enjoyed about the program. Here are some of their responses.

"The easy and simple techniques to incorporate while at work. Good reminders to think of daily."
"TELLING MYSELF IT IS OK TO MAKE TIME FOR MYSELF."
"The program highlights important well being thoughts for everyone."
"I enjoyed the chair yoga. I followed along as it was being instructed. I think this is something I would like to incorporate in my daily work day. Also, I didn't realize how many things I already did in a day that were mindfulness. I think this would explain why my stress levels are typically pretty low."

Conclusions & Recommendations

Conclusion

Due to the many changes within the Jamar company and the world in general due to COVID-19, participation in the Mindful Moments four-week virtual program was extremely low. Out of the initial 40 participants, we received only seven responses to our post-program outcome evaluation. From the seven responses, we gathered that the learning outcomes were met and the individuals reported being fairly pleased with the program overall. Some comments for bettering the program included suggestions for including music in the background of our videos as well as including mid-week check ins. Considering the nature of the switch to a virtual learning platform, we were pleased with the program content we were able to create.

Our Recommendations

After further review and reflection of comments for bettering our Mindful Moments program, we would give the following recommendations.

  • Encourage Jamar employees to participate in workplace wellness opportunities offered by the Jamar Company.
  • Create a continuation of the program in order to increase motivation of Jamar employees to practice mindfulness.
  • Once Jamar employees return to work, have them revisit the Mindful Moments Program curriculum.

Reflection

Allison Carpenter

This semester was extremely challenging with having the semester moved entirely online, and not being able to present our methods project as planned. This experience alone has taught me the importance of resilience to change, and how adaptation is essential to success when things do not go to plan. I can apply this in the future by being more comfortable with the uncomfortable in the professional world. With HLTH 3305 specifically, I learned more about what it means to be team member, and how to work effectively as a group when given a task. As a group, we overcame challenges together and control the things we could control. In the beginning of the semester, it was difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel and how this project would come together. Now, as our program is coming to an end, I can say with confidence that our group created a project that is professional, informational and applicable for our priority population. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to work with both Ailee and Sadie this semester. They are both strong, hard working women that will be very successful in public health and beyond.

Ailee Leppi

This semester has taught me not only a lot about Public Health but also about myself. Making the transition to online classes due to the COVID-19 crisis has been a challenge in adjusting to the new normal that we all face. I learned to adapt to new situations, and over come the many difficulties that these presented. When I think about entering the Public Health Profession, I am a bit more at ease because of the skills that I have acquired during this semester. Specifically related to being in HLTH 3305, I learned the value of being a good team member and having one in return. Us as a group, we faced the difficultly of turning our project into something that we weren't originally thinking it would be. As we near the end of our project and semester, I am extremely proud of the time and work that has gone into it. I am also extremely grateful that I was able to work with Sadie, Allie and the amazing Public Health program at UMD. The skills that I have acquired and how much I have grown as a person and student, has changed how I will continue my education in the future.

Sadie Shervheim

This semester has provided me with a huge opportunity to develop myself personally and professionally. Switching to online school halfway through the semester because of COVID-19 has been an adjustment to say the least. It challenged my priorities, motivation, and mental health. I think that these challenges helped me appreciate what it's like being limited because of health issues which will help me work with the community as a public health professional. As a team-member I have personally made huge improvements with my time management skills because my teammates were counting on me. I developed a drive to do my best work for my teammates and for Jamar. This semester was without a doubt the most time consuming and challenging semester of my college career thus far. The pride I feel for the outcome of our project has made it all worth it. From the professional connections I’ve made, to my newfound confidence I’ve developed as a public health educator. I’m thankful for the experience and especially thankful for the roadblocks along the way because they showcased my group’s adversity and resilience.

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