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Randomized trial of a neighborhood environment-focused physical activity website intervention

Ferney, Shannon L. , Marshall, Alison L., Eakin, Elizabeth G., & Owen, Neville (2009) Randomized trial of a neighborhood environment-focused physical activity website intervention. Preventive Medicine, 48(2), pp. 144-150.

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the use of a local neighborhood environment-focused physical activity website and its effects on walking and overall physical activity in middle-aged adults.-----

Method: One-hundred and six (72% women) inactive adults aged 52 ± 4.6 years were randomly allocated to receive access to a neighborhood environment-focused website, (Neighborhood group, n = 52) or a motivational-information website (Comparison group n = 54). Participants also received eleven emails over the 26 weeks. Study outcomes were objectively-monitored website use, and self-reported total walking (min/wk), total physical activity (min/wk) and neighborhood walking (min/wk) collected at baseline, 12 and 26 weeks. The study was conducted between August 2005 and February 2006 in Brisbane, Australia.-----

Results: Website use was significantly greater among Neighborhood participants (p = 0.01). Statistically significant increases in walking and total physical activity were observed in both groups. There was also a statistically significant interaction effect for total physical activity, with Neighborhood group participants maintaining more of their initial increase in physical activity at week-26 (p < 0.05). Further, those in the Neighborhood group who used the website more often reported significantly more walking along the community trail at week-26 (p = 0.05) compared with those who did not.-----

Conclusions: A local neighborhood-environment focused physical activity website was more effective at engaging participants than a motivational-information website. Moreover, its use resulted in meaningful increases in physical activity relative to the comparison website.

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ID Code: 18715
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Physical activity promotion, Walking, Internet, Website, Randomized trial
DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.10.022
ISSN: 0091-7435
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Counselling (111710)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 06 May 2009 14:24
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:51

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