Reasons Women Discontinued Participation in an Exercise and Wellness Program

Authors

  • Jill A. Erickson
  • Catherine Wilson Gillespie

Keywords:

child care, providers, teachers

Abstract

The authors designed and implemented an exercise and wellness program intended to help inner-city child care  providers become healthier role models for the children they serve. This study examined the reasons why women  discontinued participation in the program. Twenty-two childcare providers, including two men, began the program in the inner city of a midwestern  capital. After three months, eleven were still participating, including the two  men. Seven of the dropouts agreed to be interviewed. The results show that family responsibilities, time constraints, and lack ofsupport inhibited  participation. It was apparent that family was a top priority and often came in the way of the exercise and wellness program. The question surfaced as to whether women experience family responsibilities as more of a barrier to exercise and wellness than men.

Published

2000-02-18

Issue

Section

Articles