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A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Nutrition and Health Sciences, Under the Supervision of Professor Wanda M. Koszewski. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2010
Copyright (c) 2010 Hannah Nelson


Health care concerns and beliefs of young women of Nebraska, specifically related to preconception care, was the primary concern of this research. Data collected from focus group interviews (n=24) conducted across the state, in both urban and rural settings, and with women of different racial groups asked questions concerning their belief system for necessary components to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Questions were designed using the Life Course Theory, which is a holistic approach to health. In these interviews, the women identified four main areas that, when improved, can greatly enhance overall wellness. These areas include: attaining better physical health, improving mental health, building stronger relationships with others, and setting goals for future success. These ideas contributed to a social marketing campaign in the state of Nebraska to promote the idea of wellness to these women. The project, “Building Bridges – For You, For Now, For Life,” targeted women who were at-risk for having complications in future pregnancies due to their current lifestyle behaviors in hopes to have healthier future generations of Nebraskans.

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