Steps that count!: The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population

Pillay, Julian D., Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy L., Proper, Karin I., Van Mechelen, Willem and Lambert, Estelle V. (2012) Steps that count!: The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population. BMC Public Health, 12 1: . doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-880


Author Pillay, Julian D.
Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy L.
Proper, Karin I.
Van Mechelen, Willem
Lambert, Estelle V.
Title Steps that count!: The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population
Journal name BMC Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2458
Publication date 2012
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-12-880
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 12
Issue 1
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd.
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract Background: Physical activity (PA) has been identified as a central component in the promotion of health. PA programs can provide a low cost intervention opportunity, encouraging PA behavioral change while worksites have been shown to be an appropriate setting for implementing such health promotion programs. Along with these trends, there has been an emergence of the use of pedometers as a self-monitoring and motivational aid for PA.This study determines the effectiveness of a worksite health promotion program comprising of a 10-week, pedometer-based intervention ("Steps that Count!"), and individualized email-based feedback to effect PA behavioral change. Methods. The study is a randomized controlled trial in a worksite setting, using pedometers and individualized email-based feedback to increase steps per day (steps/d). Participant selection will be based on attendance at a corporate wellness event and information obtained, following the completion of a Health Risk Appraisal (HRA), in keeping with inclusion criteria for the study. All participants will, at week 1 (pre-intervention), be provided with a blinded pedometer to assess baseline levels of PA. Participants will be provided with feedback on pedometer data and identify strategies to improve daily PA towards current PA recommendations. Participants will thereafter be randomly assigned to the intervention group (INT) or control group (CTL). The INT will subsequently wear an un-blinded pedometer for 10 consecutive weeks.Individualized feedback messages based on average steps per day, derived from pedometer data (INT) and general supportive/motivational messages (INT+CTL), will be provided via bi-weekly e-mails; blinded pedometer-wear will be conducted at week 12 (post-intervention: INT+CTL). Discussion. The purpose of this paper is to outline the rationale behind, and the development of, an intervention aimed at improving ambulatory PA through pedometer use, combined with regular, individualized, email-based feedback. Pedometer-measured PA and individualized feedback may be a practical and easily applied intervention. Trial registration. Number: DOH-27-0112-3951.
Keyword Computer-based feedback
Health risk appraisal
Pedometer
Physical activity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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