Positions

Overview

  • I have a broad background in health and physical activity, with training in health education, exercise science and nutrition. I have worked with school systems over the past 15 years to implement interventions to improve health and wellness among the student population. My research and resulting presentations and publications have focused primarily on youth and schools related to nutrition, physical activity and wellness. I have also assisted in the development of state policies outlining improvements in nutrition in schools.

    Service

    Service to the health education and health promotion profession is an important obligation to me. I have served as a board member of ASAHPERD and the Southern District of SHAPE America, which promotes the important work that school health educators and physical educators do everyday. I also serve on several sub-committees of SHAPE America, which serve the interests of health educators. I also volunteer my time as a member of the State Obesity Task Force and the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership. I have also volunteered time and served the YMCA, and Jones Valley Teaching Farms.

    Personal

    Away from academia, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love to travel and also enjoy gardening, hiking and anything active and outdoors. I am an avid runner and teach group exercise at the UAB Recreation Center and YMCA.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 Hidden communities of practice in social media groups: Mixed methods studyJournal of Medical Internet Research.  22. 2020
    2020 A Qualitative Investigation of College Student Perceptions of Their Nutrition Environment: Recommendations for Improvement 2020
    2019 A Theoretical Approach to the Development of Instruments to Assess Knowledge and Beliefs of Breast Self-Awareness in Adolescent Females 2019
    2019 Research on freshman and sleeping habits: A text message-based sleep interventionJournal of American College Health2019
    2018 Exploring social media group use among breastfeeding mothers: Qualitative analysisJournal of Medical Internet Research.  20. 2018
    2018 Assessing Elementary Health Education: Instrument Development for School District Readiness and Delivery 2018
    2018 Addressing School District Readiness for Elementary Health Education Using the Transtheoretical ModelJournal of Health Education Teaching.  9:68-80. 2018
    2018 Utilization of online focus groups to include mothers: A use-case design, reflection, and recommendations.Digital Health.  4:2055207618777675. 2018
    2015 Does Short Sleep Lead to Obesity Among Children and Adolescents? Current Understanding and ImplicationsAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.  9:428-437. 2015
    2013 Body Mass Index and Chronic Health Conditions as Predictors of Exercise Fear-Avoidance BeliefsJournal of Research in Obesity.  1-10. 2013
    2013 Comparison of Breast Health Teaching Methods for Adolescent Females: Results of a Quasi-Experimental StudyJournal of Health Education Teaching.  4:24-38. 2013
    2013 Component analysis and initial validity of the exercise fear avoidance scaleAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  37:87-95. 2013
    2012 Preparing students to practice evidence-based dentistry: A mixed methods conceptual framework for curriculum enhancementJournal of Dental Education.  76:1600-1614. 2012
    2012 Mentoring the “Net Generation”: Faculty perspectives in health education 2012
    2011 Fear of physical response to exercise among overweight and obese adults 2011
    2011 The Healthy Web – Access to Online Health Information for Individuals with DisabilitiesInternational Electronic Journal of Health Education.  14:93-100. 2011
    2010 Responding to health information and training needs of individuals with disabilitiesJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet.  14:23-32. 2010
    2009 Nutrition and physical activity resources to promote health among youthJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet.  13:254-264. 2009
    2009 Developing valid and reliable online survey instruments using commercial software programsJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet.  13:42-52. 2009
    2009 Responses of health and physical educators to overweight children in Alabama.Health Promotion Practice.  10:111-118. 2009
    2008 Benefits and barriers to medically supervised pediatric weight-management programsJournal of Child Health Care.  12:329-343. 2008
    2008 Body-shape perceptions and body mass index of older African American and European American womenJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.  23:255-264. 2008
    2008 Ecological strategies to promote healthy body image among childrenJournal of School Health.  78:359-367. 2008
    2005 An analysis of health promotion and risk behaviors of freshman college students in a rural southern settingJournal of Pediatric Nursing.  20:25-33. 2005
    2005 Preferred body type of fitness instructors among university students in exercise classesPerceptual and Motor Skills.  101:257-266. 2005
    1997 What Could your Spouse do to Increase your Sexual Satisfaction? Some Answers to this Question.Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.  68. 1997

    Book

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    2016 Health and Physical Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers An Integrated Approach 2016

    Chapter

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    2013 School Nutrition Policy Requirements 2013

    Research Overview

  • I spent seven years training teachers in rural Georgia to implement innovative nutrition and physical activity initiatives in the elementary schools. I have spent the last 16 years in Alabama working with public schools on wellness initiatives. In addition, I worked with state agencies to collaborate with K-12 schools to increase physical activity during the day and improve district wellness policies across the state. My resulting scholarship endeavors have focused primarily on youth and young adults related to nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of weight gain.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Teaching is both an art and a science. I try to use reflective practice in my teaching and incorporate my professional experience into practical applications in the classroom. I enjoy seeing students grow both personally and professionally and strive to mentor that process.
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  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services / Allied Health / Health Sciences, University of Arkansas 1996
  • Full Name

  • Retta Evans