Implementing a 5-a-Day Peer Health Educator Program for Public Sector Labor and Trades Employees

David Buller, Mary Klein Buller, Linda Larkey, Lee Sennott-Miller, Douglas Taren, Mikel Aickin, Thomas M. Wentzel, Calvin Morrill

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Peer education in the Arizona 5-a-Day project achieved lasting improvements in fruit and vegetable intake among multicultural employees. Measures monitored implementation of peer education from peer educators' logs, the program's reach from employee surveys, and employees' use in terms of employees' dietary change. Peer educators logged 9,182 coworker contacts. Contacts averaged 10.9 minutes, according to coworkers. Coworkers read an average of 4.7 booklets and 2.23 newsletters. Many employees talked with peer educators (59%) and read materials (54%) after the program finished. Employee reports of peer educator contact were positively associated with fruit and vegetable intake. Peer education was implemented as intended and reached many coworkers. It continued after program completion, reached into coworkers' families, and was used by employees to improve intake. This method can be used with employees who rely on informal sources and whose work presents barriers to wellness activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-240
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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