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 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/HE05082
Open Access Status
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
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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