Advisor: Dr. Sam Zizzi
Healthcare organizations know that to prevent these chronic illnesses from developing they need to help their members improve their lifestyle by eating better and moving more. Many people know what they should do, but struggle daily to do it. There is a gap between what we want to do and what we feel capable of doing. My research focuses on better understanding what it takes to successful make changes to our lifestyles in order to improve our health. My dissertation is focused on evaluating the effect peer support has on individuals in a weight management program.