Promoting physical activity using an activity monitor and a tailored web-based advice: Design of a randomized controlled trial [ISRCTN93896459]

Slootmaker, Sander M., Chin A Paw, Marijke J. M., Schuit, Albertine J., Seidell, Jacob C. and van Mechelen, Willem (2005) Promoting physical activity using an activity monitor and a tailored web-based advice: Design of a randomized controlled trial [ISRCTN93896459]. BMC Public Health, 5 Article # 1134: . doi:10.1186/1471-2458-5-134


Author Slootmaker, Sander M.
Chin A Paw, Marijke J. M.
Schuit, Albertine J.
Seidell, Jacob C.
van Mechelen, Willem
Title Promoting physical activity using an activity monitor and a tailored web-based advice: Design of a randomized controlled trial [ISRCTN93896459]
Journal name BMC Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2458
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-5-134
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue Article # 1134
Total pages 9
Place of publication London
Publisher BioMed Central
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Formatted abstract
Background: Ageing is associated with a decrease in physical activity. This decrease particularly occurs during specific transitional life stages. Especially during adolescence and young adulthood a steep decrease in physical activity is observed. Inactive people are often not aware of their inactivity. Providing feedback on the actual physical activity level by an activity monitor can increase awareness and may in combination with an individually tailored physical activity advice stimulate a physically active lifestyle.

Methods: In a randomized controlled trial the effectiveness of providing an activity monitor in combination with a personal physical activity advice through the Internet will be examined. Outcome measures are level of physical activity, determinants of physical activity, quality of life, empowerment, aerobic fitness and body composition. Participants are relatively inactive adolescents and young adults who are measured at baseline, after 3 months intervention and 5 months after the end of the intervention. In addition, facilitating and hindering factors for implementation of the intervention will be investigated.

Discussion: The use of a personal activity monitor in combination with web-based assisted individually tailored health promotion offers a good opportunity to work interactively with large groups of adolescents and young adults and provide them with advice based on their actual activity level. It has great potential to motivate people to change their behaviour and to our knowledge has not been evaluated before.
Keyword Physical activity
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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