Results of a randomized controlled trial to promote physical activity behaviours in mothers with young children

Monteiro, Sarojini Maria Dos Remedios, Jancey, Jonine, Dhaliwal, Satvinder S., Howat, Peter A., Burns, Sharyn, Hills, Andrew P. and Anderson, Annie S. (2014) Results of a randomized controlled trial to promote physical activity behaviours in mothers with young children. Preventive Medicine, 59 1: 12-18. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.10.022


Author Monteiro, Sarojini Maria Dos Remedios
Jancey, Jonine
Dhaliwal, Satvinder S.
Howat, Peter A.
Burns, Sharyn
Hills, Andrew P.
Anderson, Annie S.
Title Results of a randomized controlled trial to promote physical activity behaviours in mothers with young children
Journal name Preventive Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-7435
1096-0260
Publication date 2014-02-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.10.022
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 59
Issue 1
Start page 12
End page 18
Total pages 7
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Subject 2713 Epidemiology
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract Objective: Increasing levels of physical activity in mothers have long-term health benefits for the mother and family. The study aimed to evaluate the effect of a six-month, physical activity RCT for mothers of young children. Methods: Women were recruited via playgroups and randomly assigned to intervention (n. = 394) or control group (n. = 322). The intervention group received a six-month multi-strategy programme delivered via playgroups in Perth, Australia. measures were mean minutes per week of moderate (M) and vigorous (V) intensity physical activity (PA), and number of days/week of muscle strength exercises. Results: The intervention had a significant effect on mean time for vigorous (p. = 0.008), moderate (p. = 0.023) and total physical activity (p. = 0.001) when compared to the control group. The intervention group increased their vigorous activity by a mean of 24. min/week, moderate activity by 23. min/week and total physical activity by 72. min/week. Conclusions: A relatively minimum home based intervention was able to demonstrate modest but statistically significant improvements in physical activity in a hard to reach group. These changes if maintained over a longer period are likely to improve the health of mothers and have a positive impact on their partners and children. Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry ACTRN12609000735257.
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Objective
Increasing levels of physical activity in mothers have long-term health benefits for the mother and family. The study aimed to evaluate the effect of a six-month, physical activity RCT for mothers of young children.

Methods

Women were recruited via playgroups and randomly assigned to intervention (n = 394) or control group (n = 322). The intervention group received a six-month multi-strategy programme delivered via playgroups in Perth, Australia. measures were mean minutes per week of moderate (M) and vigorous (V) intensity physical activity (PA), and number of days/week of muscle strength exercises.

Results
The intervention had a significant effect on mean time for vigorous (p = 0.008), moderate (p = 0.023) and total physical activity (p = 0.001) when compared to the control group. The intervention group increased their vigorous activity by a mean of 24 min/week, moderate activity by 23 min/week and total physical activity by 72 min/week.

Conclusions
A relatively minimum home based intervention was able to demonstrate modest but statistically significant improvements in physical activity in a hard to reach group. These changes if maintained over a longer period are likely to improve the health of mothers and have a positive impact on their partners and children. Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry ACTRN12609000735257.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Medicine, General & Internal
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
General & Internal Medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID G0701771
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ)
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