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 en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Proper, Karin en_ZA
dc.contributor.author van Mechelen, Willem en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Lambert, Estelle en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-18T03:47:50Z
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dc.date.issued 2012 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Pillay, J. D., Kolbe-Alexander, T. L., Proper, K. I., Van Mechelen, W., & Lambert, E. V. (2012). Steps that count!: The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population. BMC public health, 12(1), 880. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15052
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-880
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: 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 email-based 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.TRIAL REGISTRATION:Number: DOH-27-0112-3951 en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central Ltd en_ZA
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License en_ZA
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 en_ZA
dc.source BMC Public Health en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/ en_ZA
dc.subject.other Pedometer en_ZA
dc.subject.other Health risk appraisal en_ZA
dc.subject.other Physical activity en_ZA
dc.subject.other Computer-based feedback en_ZA
dc.title Steps that count! : The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.rights.holder 2012 Pillay et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department MRC/UCT RU for Exercise and Sport Medicine en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Pillay, J., Kolbe-Alexander, T., Proper, K., van Mechelen, W., & Lambert, E. (2012). Steps that count! : The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population. <i>BMC Public Health</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15052 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Pillay, Julian, Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Karin Proper, Willem van Mechelen, and Estelle Lambert "Steps that count! : The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population." <i>BMC Public Health</i> (2012) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15052 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Pillay J, Kolbe-Alexander T, Proper K, van Mechelen W, Lambert E. Steps that count! : The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population. BMC Public Health. 2012; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15052. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Pillay, Julian AU - Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy AU - Proper, Karin AU - van Mechelen, Willem AU - Lambert, Estelle AB - BACKGROUND: 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 email-based 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.TRIAL REGISTRATION:Number: DOH-27-0112-3951 DA - 2012 DB - OpenUCT DO - 10.1186/1471-2458-12-880 DP - University of Cape Town J1 - BMC Public Health LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2012 T1 - Steps that count! : The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population TI - Steps that count! : The development of a pedometer-based health promotion intervention in an employed, health insured South African population UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15052 ER - en_ZA


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