Date of Award

Spring 2018


Capstone - Open Access


Health and Wellness Management

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Allison Higgins


Introduction Studies show that parents send their children to afterschool programs as a form of supervision while they are at work, but studies also stress the importance in the parental role in a child’s ability to retain the skills and concepts that are learning within these programs. So what if there was an afterschool program where parents attended and participated with the children, would this have an effect on the impact of the program? Families for Health is an afterschool program designed to bring Families together while teaching key concepts that lead to a healthy lifestyle, focusing on physical activity and nutrition. This study examines the participant’s perceptions on the impact of this afterschool program. Methodology The administrative staff who facilitated the program within their schools were interviewed afterwards. There were three total participants. Not only were their demographics noted, but their thoughts and perceptions on the impact of the program. These transcriptions from interviews were then analyzed and various themes and subthemes emerged using the Grounded Theory Approach. Results The themes and subthemes that emerged were the need, positive outcomes such as engagement and impact, positive attributes such as unique and easy and the challenges such as participation. Discussion Recent literature supports these findings. There is much room for future growth and limitations that occurred within study to be addressed. Conclusion Study interviewees believe the program is addressing a need within this community and leaving a positive impact on participants.