An Intervention to Promote Walking in Sedentary Women in the Community

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Objective: To evaluate a telephone counseling intervention that was designed to help sedentary women begin and maintain a walking program. Methods: Females (N=197) were randomly assigned to either an intervention, attention control, or no-attention control group. Assessments were made at baseline and 6 months. Results: Women in the intervention group reported more time walked each day than did control women (P<.05). The intervention worked equally for African American and European American women as well as for different income groups. Conclusion: Overall, a counseling intervention via telephone appears to be a good way to help women begin a walking program.

Keywords: community; health promotion; intervention; physical activity; women

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Center for Health Research, Director, Doctoral & Postdoctoral Programs, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. 2: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. 3: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Publication date: September 1, 2003

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