Effect of Australia's walk to work day campaign on adults' active commuting and physical activity behavior

Merom, D, Miller, Y. , Lymer, S, & Bauman, A (2005) Effect of Australia's walk to work day campaign on adults' active commuting and physical activity behavior. American Journal of Health Promotion, 19(3), pp. 159-162.

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Purpose. To determine whether Australia's Walk to Work Day media campaign resulted in behavioural change among targeted groups. Methods. Pre- and postcampaign telephone surveys of a cohort of adults aged 18 to 65 years (n = 1100, 55% response rate) were randomly sampled from Australian major melropolitan areas. Tests for dependent samples were applied (McNemax chi(2) or paired t-test). Results. Among participants who did not usually actively commute to work was a significant decrease in car only use an increase in walking combined with public transport. Among those who were employed was a significant increase in total time walking (+16 min/wk; t [780] = 2.04, p < .05) and in other moderate physical activity (+120 min/wk; t [1087] = 4.76, p < .005), resulting in a significant decrease in the proportion who were inactive (chi(2) (1) = 6.1, p < .05). Conclusion. Although nonexperimental, the Walk to Work Day initiative elicited short-term changes in targeted behaviors among target groups. Reinforcement by integrating worksite health promotion strategies may be required for sustained effects.

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ID Code: 55018
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health, Active Transport, Walking, Media Campaign, Inactivity, Prevention Research, Media
DOI: 10.4278/0890-1171-19.3.159
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2012 23:19
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2013 23:00

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