Small steps to Health and Wealth[TM]: the total package.Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] (SSHW SSHW Stichting Sociale Huisvesting Wageningen (Dutch: Social Housing Foundation Wageningen; The Netherlands) ) was developed upon a framework of 25 behavior change Behavior change refers to any transformation or modification of human behavior. Such changes can occur intentionally, through behavior modification, without intention, or change rapidly in situations of mental illness. strategies for improved well-being by Cooperative Extension faculty at Rutgers University Rutgers University, main campus at New Brunswick, N.J.; land-grant and state supported; coeducational except for Douglass College; chartered 1766 as Queen's College, opened 1771. Campuses and Facilities
Rutgers maintains three campuses. . It is believed to be the first long-term program developed to motivate Americans to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances by using the same personal behavior change strategies. SSHW was developed because many Americans have both health and financial "issues." Societal so·ci·e·tal
Of or relating to the structure, organization, or functioning of society.
Adj. problems that have been widely reported include an increasing incidence of diabetes, overweight, and obesity, low household savings, and high household debt. While two important objectives of Cooperative Extension programs are improving the health/wellness and financial security of participants, these objectives have typically been addressed with separate staff, curricula, and/or outreach methods.
A literature review, while researching the SSHW workbook work·book
1. A booklet containing problems and exercises that a student may work directly on the pages.
2. A manual containing operating instructions, as for an appliance or machine.
3. and trademark application, revealed little previous interdisciplinary programming or research linking behavior changes in health and personal finances. In the academic literature, most research about health and financial linkages is at the macro level (e.g., the cost to society of obesity, diabetes, or smoking), rather than studies of individuals changing their behavior. What was found, however, were parallel campaigns (the www.smallstep.gov Web site developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS to promote healthy lifestyle changes and the Social Security Administration's Save For Your Future effort) headed by federal agencies in the early 2000s to encourage Americans to take small steps to improve their health and increase their wealth.
Following is the "elevator statement In business jargon an elevator statement (or elevator pitch) is a short concise and compelling statement about a business or a business situation that can be delivered in the time it takes for an imaginary elevator ride. " for SSHW: Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] encourages participants to make positive behavior changes to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances. The target audience for SSHW and its associated research is adults age 25 to 65. Consumers will access program information by attending a Cooperative Extension class, reading media reports and SSHW marketing materials, or through Internet search engines and links. For those lacking Internet access See how to access the Internet. , Extension personnel and other program providers can assist clientele with online registration and impact reporting. SSHW program objectives are to:
* Integrate Cooperative Extension health and personal finance subject matter into one program
* Provide resources to help Americans simultaneously improve their health and personal finances
* Document improvements in the health and wealth of participants by:
* Monitoring and aggregating progress using online assessment tools
* Researching program impacts and relationships between health and wealth
Various components of Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] were developed between 2004 and 2007. The "total package" of SSHW program components developed by Rutgers faculty and partners includes the following:
* National and State Branding- A national logo was developed for Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] that incorporates the current version of the USDA USDA,
n.pr See United States Department of Agriculture. food pyramid food pyramid or Food Guide Pyramid, diagram used in nutrition education that fits food groups into a triangle and notes that, for a healthful diet, those at the base should be eaten more frequently than those at the top. , a dollar sign to represent personal finance goals, and two characters that represent diverse audience outreach. State-specific logos are similar in format and include the state name in a circle around the SSHW brand. To further build identity, the national logo was used as the cover of the Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] workbook, on the program Web site, and in other places.
* Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Capacity Building Training DVD- A DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. of a two-hour training session for professionals about the SSHW program is available through the University of Arizona (body, education) University of Arizona - The University was founded in 1885 as a Land Grant institution with a three-fold mission of teaching, research and public service. .
* Consumer PowerPoint Presentations- Curricula for two, two-hour PowerPoint presentations for consumers (titles: Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] and 25 Days to Health and Wealth) are available on CD-ROMs for use by consumer educators. In addition to the presentations, the CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
in full compact disc read-only memory
Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser). includes marketing and evaluation materials, background information about linkages between health and finances, and class handouts.
* Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Games- Also on the CD-ROM that contains the PowerPoint presentations are two interactive games that include subject matter contained within the SSHW program. Included are a BINGO game and an interactive Jeopardy-style PowerPoint game with 25 answers and questions about health and financial topics.
* Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Workbook- A 132-page Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] workbook (O'Neill and Ensle, 2006) was published by the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, a publisher of books written by Cooperative Extension faculty in northeast states (see www.nraes.org; quantity discounts are available). The book includes a description of each of the 25 behavior change strategies and a worksheet for each. The book can be used as a "handout" for the presentation 25 Days to Health and Wealth.
* Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Web Site- Each chapter of the Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] workbook is available online as a free downloadable fact sheet at www.njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/. The Web site also includes an order form for the SSHW workbook and a narrated PowerPoint presentation by the co-authors.
* Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Web Site Posters- Four colorful, downloadable posters in PDF (Portable Document Format) The de facto standard for document publishing from Adobe. On the Web, there are countless brochures, data sheets, white papers and technical manuals in the PDF format. format, licensed from the University of Tennessee The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. Extension, are used to illustrate the amount of money that can be saved by eliminating unhealthy practices such as smoking and eating "junk food junk food
Any of various prepackaged snack foods high in calories but low in nutritional value.
junk food ." Titles of the four posters on the Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Web site are: "Are Your Savings Going Up in Smoke?, Eating Away at Your Future?, Is Your Lunch Eating Your Lunch?, and Nibbling nibbling Nutrition The consumption of multiple–up to 17–'mini-meals' per day, as opposed to the usual 3 meals/day. Cf Bingeing, Gorging. Away at Your Bottom Line?
* Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Web Site Monthly Messages- As a way to attract visitors back to the Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Web site, a new health message and wealth message are uploaded each month. Prior monthly messages are archived for easy retrieval. Each message is seven to ten paragraphs long and can easily be adapted as a newspaper column or newsletter article by Extension educators.
* Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Calculators- Advantage Publications, the Boston firm that produces cardboard financial calculators, developed a special calculator for Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM]. Side 1 helps users identify the daily cost of "little things" that drain money away from savings. Examples include vending machine vending machine, coin-operated, automatic device for selling goods. Many vending machines are capable of making change, and some of the more sophisticated ones accept paper money or credit cards. snacks, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. On Side 2, calculations are provided of the savings possible in six time periods by saving the money previously spent on these items.
* The Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Challenge- The Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Challenge is a six-week team competition where groups of five win points for practicing recommended health and financial behaviors on a daily basis. It begins with a kick-off meeting and ends with a celebration event where prizes are awarded. The Challenge can be organized with a project manager collecting data or through a Web-based data collection system. Enrollment and tracking forms to organize a Challenge are available on the CD-ROM described above. Among the behaviors for which points are awarded are eating 3 or more cups of fruits and vegetables per day, wearing a pedometer pe·dom·e·ter
An instrument that gauges the approximate distance traveled on foot by registering the number of steps taken.
Noun , saving pocket change, saving or investing $5 or more per day, and tracking daily spending.
* Online Registration and Impact Evaluation- To facilitate the collection of data about participant goals and demographics The attributes of people in a particular geographic area. Used for marketing purposes, population, ethnic origins, religion, spoken language, income and age range are examples of demographic data. and impact evaluation data, a Web-based participant registration and impact evaluation reporting system was developed (see http://cals-cf.calsnet.arizona.edu/fcs/tcaisurvey/healthandwealth/ registration.cfm). Registrants are contacted semi-annually by e-mail to report their progress, beginning on the six-month anniversary of their online registration. Planned research topics include frequencies of reported progress toward health and wealth goals, participants' perception of the impact of health on finances and finances on health, and relationships between demographic and personality characteristics and participant progress. Descriptive "success stories" and participants' shared advice will also be captured. The SSHW research methodology builds upon data collection methods used previously with the 1990s Cooperative Extension MONEY 2000[TM] program. Participants are encouraged to enroll in SSHW online (e.g., in marketing materials and when receiving the workbook or attending a class) as a mechanism for increased accountability.
Health and personal finances have generally been treated as separate subject matter areas in educational programs and research (Vitt, Siegenthaler, Siegenthaler, Lyter, & Kent, 2002). Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] intentionally integrates these two very important and inter-related aspects of life. Additional program components are planned for Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] in upcoming months. They include expanded national marketing and visibility, new branded promotional items Promotional items or promotional products refers to articles of merchandise that are used in marketing and communication programs. The items are usually imprinted or decorated with a company's name, logo or message, using techniques such as Embroidery, Silkscreen, or (SSHW T-shirts, magnets, etc.), ongoing capacity building training for professionals, and new program deliverables (e.g., audio CDs and lunch and learn telephone conferences), as funding permits. Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] Web site materials have also recently been added to the Financial Security for All (FSA FSA Financial Services Authority
FSA Food Standards Agency (UK)
FSA Farm Service Agency (USDA)
FSA Financial Services Agency (Japan) ) Community of Practice (CoP) of eXtension, where they will receive increased visibility and use. To access FSA CoP materials, visit www.extension.org/personal_finance.
Sincere appreciation is expressed to Dr. Karen Ensle, RD, FADA FADA Federación Argentina de Ajedrez
FADA Fellow of the American Dietetic Association
FADA Federal Area Development Authority
FADA Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations
FADA Florida Automobile Dealers Association , Family and Community Health Sciences Educator with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, who developed the health and nutrition sections of the Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] consumer presentations, Web site, and workbook. Also, to the Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research at the University of Arizona's Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences for support of the Small Steps to Health and Wealth[TM] online registration and impact evaluation Web site.
O'Neill, B. and Ensle, K. (2006, November). Small steps to health and wealth[TM]. Ithaca, NY: Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES).
Vitt, L.A., Siegenthaler, J.K., Siegenthaler, L., Lyter, D.M., & Kent, J. (2002, January). Consumer health care finances and education: Matters of values. Issue Brief Number 241. Washington DC: Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Barbara O'Neill, Rutgers University (1)
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(1) Barbara O'Neill, Specialist in Financial Resource Management, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Cook College Office Building, Room 107, 55 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey This article is about the city in New Jersey. For the Canadian province, see New Brunswick.
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(2) Jing Jian Xiao, Professor and Director, Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Arizona, PO Box 210033, Tucson, Arizona Tucson (pronounced /ˈtusɑn/, Spanish: Tucsón [tuk'son] . 210033. Phone: 520-621-5948, Fax: 520-621-3209, E-mail: email@example.com