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

Ferney, Shannon L., Marshall, Alison L., Eakin, Elizabeth G. and Owen, Neville (2009) Randomized trial of a neighborhood environment-focused physical activity website intervention. Preventive Medicine, 48 2: 144-150. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.10.022

Author Ferney, Shannon L.
Marshall, Alison L.
Eakin, Elizabeth G.
Owen, Neville
Title Randomized trial of a neighborhood environment-focused physical activity website intervention
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
Publication date 2009-02
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.10.022
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 144
End page 150
Total pages 7
Editor A. Morabia
Place of publication San Diego, U.S.
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 111712 Health Promotion
920205 Health Education and Promotion
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Formatted abstract
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.

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.

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.

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. Copyright © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Physical activity promotion
Randomized trial
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