Date of Award

12-2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Science

Advisor

Haley-Zitlin, Vivian

Abstract

A review of worksite interventions revealed the scarcity of worksite interventions for the prevention of chronic diseases for which research data has been collected. Pre-diabetes is a condition that has been identified as an emerging chronic disease threat which is deserving of immediate attention as it precedes type 2 diabetes and it is becoming more common in the United States. The number of individuals with pre-diabetes has been estimated to be 54 million. As the worksite setting provides easy access to a large adult population it was chosen for this research study. A thorough review of prior worksite interventions was conducted followed by a focus group study which used qualitative methods to evaluate health behaviors and diabetes knowledge of employees in a South Carolina textile worksite. The results indicated that future worksite interventions need to address all aspects of an individual's lifestyle to be effective. Researchers will be able to use the results from this study to develop a tailored, diabetes prevention program that meets the specific needs of textile worksite employees in rural South Carolina.

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