Projects & Research

Project 4: Evaluation of ALISA (Active Living In Santa Ana) Physical Activity & Healthy Eating Program

Principal Investigators: Dr. Jessica Gomel and Dr. Jie Weiss

Specific Aims

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an on-going physical activity program offered by the ALISA (Active Living In Santa Ana) obesity intervention project for residents living in the Warwick Square and Lyon Complexes, two gated residential apartment communities in Santa Ana, Orange County, California. Residents living in these complexes are primarily low SES, Latino immigrants. The proposed study will evaluate the effectiveness of the ALISA physical activity and nutrition education program in two respects. The first is market penetration, operationalized as the proportion of residents who have enlisted in the program. We will survey the residents regarding their participation. This survey will explore stated reasons that people did or did not join the program, and also test such demographic factors as age, gender, occupational status as predictors of participation. The second component of the evaluation is the extent to which those who have been participating in the program have accomplished the goals they hoped for when they joined. We will retrospectively ask what those goals were, and then ask about current results and future expectations.

Over the past two years, faculty members at the CSUF have been collaborating with ALISA Project on needs assessment and identification of potential areas for intervention programs.  The program evaluation proposed here is the continuation of this collaboration. The evaluation will enhance the effectiveness of the ALISA Project. Specifically, the information will help in the design of a more attractive and more effective program. The program can serve as a model for similar programs throughout the nation. The specific aims of this research are the following:

  • Assess the proportion of residents who are aware of the physical activity and nutrition education program offered by the ALISA Project, and also the proportion of residents who have joined the program.
  • Assess residents' risk perceptions, attitudes toward physical exercise and healthy diet, as well as residents' health status, including chronic diseases, height and weight, food intake, and other physical activities that residents are involved daily. 
  • Among those who have joined the program, assess residents' perceptions of the program, including schedule, quality of the services, safety, and attractiveness of the physical activity options.
  • Assess levels of participation in the ALISA physical activity program, including frequency, duration and type of physical activity. 
  • Assess residents' satisfaction level about the program and their ideas for improvement of the program.
  • Among those who have joined, elicit their assessment of the extent to which the program has helped them to achieve the goals that led them to join.
  • Training community members to collect data to improve honest answers.  We are going to use a team of residents to assist in data collection.


Return to Projects & Research Page

Download Adobe Reader | Microsoft Viewers