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Using the Web to Increase Physical Activity in College Students

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Objectives : To evaluate the effectiveness of a theoretically based and Web-delivered intervention using common course technology for increasing physical activity in a college student sample.

Methods : One hundred four students randomly participated in either a Web-based intervention involving 7 theory-based learning lessons or a control group that received minimal physical activity information. Participants reported levels of physical activity and social cognitive theory (SCT) constructs at baseline and after 6 weeks of the intervention.

Results : Relative to controls, intervention participants reported increased days of moderate and vigorous physical activity, but few changes in SCT constructs.

Conclusions : Web-based interventions can successfully increase physical activity among college students.

Keywords: Social Cognitive Theory; college students; intervention; physical activity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Health Studies, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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