Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of using internet technology to promote physical activity within a defined community

Marshall, Alison L., Eakin, Elizabeth G., Leslie, Eva R. and Owen, Neville (2005) Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of using internet technology to promote physical activity within a defined community. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 16 1: 82-84. doi:10.1071/HE05082


Author Marshall, Alison L.
Eakin, Elizabeth G.
Leslie, Eva R.
Owen, Neville
Title Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of using internet technology to promote physical activity within a defined community
Journal name Health Promotion Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1073
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/HE05082
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 82
End page 84
Total pages 3
Editor C. Rissel
Place of publication West Perth
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Assn
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730301 Health education and promotion
Abstract ISSUE ADDRESSED: To explore the feasibility of using the Internet and e-mail to promote physical activity in a defined community. METHODS: An online survey was conducted through a community-based Internet Service Provider (ISP). ISP clients were recruited via electronic newsletter and direct e-mail. Data were collected on preferred sources of assistance for physical activity advice and stage of motivational readiness for physical activity. RESULTS: Valid surveys were completed by 797 (9% response rate). Participants were: 55% men; 56% aged >45 years; 57% worked full time; mean BMI was 28+/-8. Thirty-six per cent were in the early stages of motivational readiness for physical activity. More than 70% were somewhat to extremely interested in having access to a physical activity website. CONCLUSION: Promoting physical activity via the Internet and e-mail is feasible and appealing to some people. Expanding the reach, appeal and use of this technology to deliver physical activity programs will be a challenge.
Keyword Adult
Electronic Mail/ utilization
Female
Health Promotion/ methods
Humans
Internet/ utilization
Male
Middle Aged
Motor Activity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

 
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