Effects of '10,000 steps Ghent': a whole-community intervention

De Cocker, Katrien. A. and De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse. M. and Brown, Wendy. J. and Cardon, Greet. M. (2007) Effects of '10,000 steps Ghent': a whole-community intervention. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 33 (6). pp. 455-463. ISSN 0749-3797


BACKGROUND: Currently there is a great deal of interest in multistrategy community-based approaches to changing physical activity or health behaviors. The aim of this article is to describe the effectiveness of the physical activity promotion project '10,000 Steps Ghent' after 1 year of intervention. METHODS: A multistrategy community-based intervention was implemented in 2005 with follow-up measurements in 2006 to promote physical activity to adults. A local media campaign, environmental approaches, the sale and loan of pedometers, and several local physical activity projects were concurrently implemented. In 2005, 872 randomly selected subjects (aged 25 to 75), from the intervention community Ghent and 810 from a comparison community, participated in the baseline measurements. Of these, 660 intervention subjects and 634 comparison subjects completed the follow-up measurements in 2006. Statistical analyses were performed in 2006. RESULTS: After one year there was an increase of 8% in the number of people reaching the '10,000 steps' standard in Ghent, compared with no increase in the comparison community. Average daily steps increased by 896 (95% CI=599-1192) in the intervention community, but there was no increase in the comparison community (mean change -135 [95% CI= -432 to 162]) (F time x community=22.8, p<0.001). Results are supported by self-reported International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) data. CONCLUSIONS: The '10,000 steps/day' message reached the Ghent population and the project succeeded in increasing pedometer-determined physical activity levels in Ghent, after 1 year of intervention.

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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 01:43
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 02:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: 10,000 steps; physical activity; effectiveness
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2007.07.037
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37044

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