Health promotion for dogs and humans : the 10,000 steps Rockhampton dog walking intervention
Schofield, G., Steele, R., Mummery, K., Brown, W.J., Trost, S.G., & Eakin, E. (2003) Health promotion for dogs and humans : the 10,000 steps Rockhampton dog walking intervention. In Abernethy, B. (Ed.) 2003 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Tackling the Barriers to Participation and Performance, Elsevier, Canberra, ACT, p. 64.
This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of an intervention aimed at increasing the dog-walking behaviour of residents from a community of approximately 60,000. This intervention was a sub strategy of the 10 000 Steps Rockhampton project – a community intervention aimed at decreasing sedentary behaviour in the adult population.
Brochures and posters were developed that promoted dog walking as a means to improve both human and canine health. The brochures were distributed by the local council to over 8 000 homes with the annual dog-renewal registrations.
Evaluation of the intervention included a telephone survey of a randomly selected sample of Rockhampton residents (n=420) four-months post intervention. Although 63.6% of participants reported that owning a dog increased their physical activity levels, 40% of dog-owners did not walk their dog at all in the last week. The outcome evaluation of the intervention showed that 20.2% of dog-owners recalled receiving the brochure. Overall 15.3% of respondents with a dog in their household reported an increase in their physical activity levels since the intervention, 8.4% reported a decrease.
The intervention was an innovative and cost-effective way to tap into a section of the population that can benefit from engaging in regular walking behaviour. It was also a unique and useful way to engage local council in physical activity health promotion as part of a larger ongoing community-wide intervention.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Additional Information:||Abstract published in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
6(4), Supplement 1, pp.64
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
|Deposited On:||06 Jun 2014 01:41|
|Last Modified:||06 Jun 2014 01:45|
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