Pedometer Use in University Freshmen: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

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Objectives: To describe activity patterns associated with a pedometer intervention in university freshmen and compare the intervention participants to controls for several health outcomes. Methods: Forty-six university freshmen were randomized to a group that wore a pedometer across the academic year with a goal of 10,000 steps/day or to a control group. Results: Pedometer counts were highest initially but decreased over the academic year. December presented the fewest counts. There was little difference between groups in fitness or body composition. Conclusions: Consideration of high-risk months and recommended steps/day may be important to effectively use pedometers to influence some health outcomes in university freshmen.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 2: Texas A&M University at San Antonio, San Antonio TX 3: Southern Illinios University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 4: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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