Impact of healthy lifestyle program: an intervention study among rural and regional communities in Australia

Hossain, D. and Allen, R. and Gibson, M. and Lambden, J. and Yuginovich, T. (2014) Impact of healthy lifestyle program: an intervention study among rural and regional communities in Australia. International Public Health Forum, 1 (1). pp. 8-14.

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participants to better adopt healthy physical activity behaviours; b) increase parents’ ability to establish healthy physical activity behaviours in their children.
Methods: The study design is a field intervention with a quasi-experimental (self-control in a pre-post assessment approach). The follow up was conducted on two phases immediate and after 3 months of the program.
Results: After participation in the program the highest proportion (94%) of participants stated that they need regular exercise; 72% stated they would do similar amount of physical activity and 80% in 3 month survey. They also stated that the children –age between 5 to 12 years should have physical activity from 1 to 2 hours each day. More than 80% of participants are more confident in getting enough physical activity for them and guiding their children to improve or maintain good health. The results indicate that this program has improved knowledge and lifestyle skills of the participants; improved their ability to adopt healthy physical activity behaviour and increased parent ability to establish physical activity/exercise patterns among their children.
Conclusion: Participants are now able to access healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their children including regular physical activity.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: IPHF as an Open Access journal, its content is free to read, download, and share.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 10 May 2014 12:29
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 01:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: healthy lifestyle, knowledge, physical activity, skills
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health

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