Randomized controlled trial of an improved version of MobileMums, an intervention for increasing physical activity in women with young children

Fjeldsoe, Brianna S., Miller, Yvette D., Graves, Nicholas, Barnett, Adrian G., & Marshall, Alison L. (2015) Randomized controlled trial of an improved version of MobileMums, an intervention for increasing physical activity in women with young children. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49(4), pp. 487-499.

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Women with young children (<5 years) are an important group for physical activity intervention. Purpose To evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of MobileMums- a physical activity intervention for women with young children.


Women were randomized to MobileMums (n=133) or a control group (n=130). MobileMums was delivered primarily via individually-tailored text messages. Moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) was measured by self-report and accelerometer at baseline, end of the intervention (13-weeks) and 6-months later (9-months). Changes were analyzed using repeated measures models.


MobileMums was feasible to deliver and acceptable to women. Self-reported MVPA duration (minutes/week) and frequency (days/week) increased significantly post intervention (13-week intervention effect 48.5 min/week, 95%CI [13.4, 82.9] and 1.6 days/week, 95%CI [0.6, 2.6]). Intervention effects were not maintained 6-months later. No effects observed in accelerometer-derived MVPA.


MobileMums increased women’s self-reported MVPA immediately post intervention. Future investigations need to target sustained physical activity improvements.

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ID Code: 83825
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: text messaging, SMS, mobile telephone, exercise, intervention, postnatal
DOI: 10.1007/s12160-014-9675-y
ISSN: 1532-4796
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12160-014-9675-y
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2015 22:34
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2016 22:07

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