10,000 steps Rockhampton: a whole community approach to increasing levels of physical activity

Brown, Wendy, Mummery, Kerry, Eakin, Elizabeth, Trost, Stewart G., Schofield, Grant, & Abernethy, Peter (2003) 10,000 steps Rockhampton: a whole community approach to increasing levels of physical activity. In Shilton, T. (Ed.) National Physical Activity Conference 2003, 2003, Fremantle, WA.


10,000 Steps Rockhampton is a multi-strategy health promotion program which aims to develop sustainable community-based strategies to increase physical activity.The central coordinating focus of the project is the use of pedometers to raise awareness of and provide motivation for physical activity, around the theme of '10,000 steps/day - Every step counts.' To date, five key strategies have been implemented:

(1) a media-based awareness raising campaign;

(2) promotion of physical activity by health professionals;

(3) improving social support for physical activity through group-based programs;

(4) working with local council to improve environmental support for physical activity, and;

(5) establishment of a ‘micro-grants’ fund to which community groups could apply for assistance with small, innovative physical activity enhancing projects.

Strategies were introduced on a rolling basis beginning in February 2002 with 'layering' of interventions designed to address the multi-level individual social and environmental determinants of physical activity. The project was quasi-experimental in design, involving collection of baseline and two year follow-up data from community based surveys in Rockhampton and in a matched regional Queensland town. In August 2001,the baseline CATI survey (N=1281)found that 47.9% of men and 33.0% of women were meeting the national guidelines for physical activity. In August 2002, a smaller survey (N=400) found an increase in activity levels among women (39.7% active) but not in men (48.5%). Data from the two year follow up survey, to be conducted in August 2003, will be presented, with discussion of the major successes and challenges of this landmark physical activity intervention. Acknowledgement: This project is supported by a grant from Health Promotion Queensland

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