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

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dc.contributor.author Pillay, Julian David
dc.contributor.author Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy
dc.contributor.author Mechelen, Willem
dc.contributor.author Lambert, Estelle V.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-09T12:14:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-09T12:14:01Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/777
dc.description Originally published in: BMC Public Health 2012, 12:880. en_US
dc.description.abstract 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 emailbased 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. en_US
dc.format.extent 16 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pedometer en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Health risk appraisal en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Physical activity en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Computer-based feedback en_US
dc.title Steps that count! : The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-001741


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