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  July/August 2021 (Volume 52, Issue 4)


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/Evaluation of a Behavioral Self-care Intervention Administered through a Massive Open Online Course
 – Marney A. White, Arvind Venkataraman, Ashley Roehrig, and Hope S. Whelan

Background: Previous research reported the effectiveness of a curriculum-based self-care intervention for students administered in the context of a course on behavior change. Purpose: The study evaluated the effectiveness of the self-care intervention for learners in a publicly available massive open online course (MOOC), who completed the course during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Participants were 216 learners enrolled in Coursera’s Health Behavior Change – From Evidence to Action in March 2020 – January 2021. The intervention consisted of behavior change assignments designed to increase health-promoting behaviors within three domains (nutrition, physical activity, and mental health). Course assignments were to apply behavioral principles to modify health behaviors. Outcomes included measures of physical wellbeing, depression, anxiety, perceived stress, and self-efficacy. Results: Health promotion behaviors and measures of physical and mental health showed significant improvements over the course of the semester. Discussion: The study provides support for the effectiveness of a brief self-care intervention for learners in a publicly available MOOC. Translation to Health Education Practice: This publicly available intervention can support learner well-being in a variety of academic programs, community, or workplace settings.

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Research Articles

Development, Feasibility, and Initial Results of a Mindful Eating Intervention: Project Mindful Eating and Exercise (MEE): Feeding the Mind, Body, and Soul
Linda L. Knol, Susan J. Appel, Kristi M. Crowe-White, Caroline Brantley, Opeyemi E. Adewumi,and Katelyn E. Senkus

Understanding Demographics Characteristics of E-Cigarette Users in California and theNeed for Tailored Interventions
Salome K. Mshigeni, Annie Rittenhouse, Tendai Gwanzura, Rebecca Arroyo, and Caitlin Vaughn

Reducing HPV Associated Cancers and Disparities: Engaging African American Men to Develop a Culturally-Appropriate Program that Addresses their Needs
Jennifer Cunningham-Erves, Lanese Campbell, Calvin Barlow, Claudia Barajas, Tilicia Mayo-Gamble,Michel Perry, and George Johnson

Dose–Response Relationships of Physical Activity with Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Korean Adults
Minsuk Oh and Ki-Yong An

Gamified Nutrition Education with Mastery Learning and Spaced Repetition Theory–Can Improve Nutrition Knowledge
Vivien W. Fam, Roberta R. Holt, Carl L. Keen, and Rachel E. Scherr

Initial Assessment of a 7-Item Well-being Scale (SWPS-SF) among a Sample of College Students
Austin Odom, Craig Becker, Hui Bian, Ryan Martin, and Kerry Sewell