Date of Award


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Andrea C. Bostrom

Second Advisor

Cynthia P. Coviak

Third Advisor

Carol Rossman


“Let’s Move Away From Screen” was a six-week quality improvement project implemented in one of West Michigan’s after school programs among students attending 6th and 7th grades. The purpose was to implement physical activity and health education (nutrition, physical activity, and recreational screen time) with major intentions to (a) establish healthy lifestyles and decrease recreational screen time in the after school program and (b) evaluate the project’s acceptability and sustainability by students, parents, volunteers, and the organization. The project’s need was driven by the health needs assessment conducted in February 2016 by the school’s health center. One of the biggest concerns identified was that 34% of students attending 4th and 5th grade in the identified public school at the time of the survey (and who entered 6th and 7th grades during 2017-2018 academic year) reported spending on average three and more hours per day on recreational screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to limit recreational screen time use for children of school age and younger to no more than two hours per day. The literature review findings identified a multicomponent approach (nutrition, physical activity, and screen time) that addresses information to both parents and children to be the most effective when targeting a reduction in screen time. This project was based on a multicomponent evidence-based intervention called “Let’s Go.” The primary outcome of the project was students’ healthy lifestyles (nutrition, physical activity, and screen time). The secondary outcome was to determine the project’s acceptability and sustainability by students, parents, and the after school program’s staff. “Let’s Move Away From Screen” was successfully implemented in the after school program.

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Nursing Commons