Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Work-Based Walking Program. (Sociocultural Aspects of Physical Activity)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

A Work-Based Walking Program. (Sociocultural Aspects of Physical Activity)

Article excerpt

Findings in the scientific literature consistently show that many Americans do not exercise at rates sufficient to produce health benefits. It has also been repeatedly demonstrated that the most prevalent and palatable mode of physical activity (PA) among American adults is walking. In an effort to increase PA among employees of a Northern California county, a walking program was initiated. Participants were recruited via internal county communication networks. At a kickoff event for the 6-week program, participants were provided with a packet that included information on exercise safety, stretching, motivational tips, strategies for overcoming barriers and directions for recording their daily walking behavior. Additionally informed consent, a measure of current walking behavior and an assessment one s stage of readiness to change behavior, on an 11-point scale, were collected at the meeting. Potential participants were informed that those who completed the program would receive a token prize. Participants we re encouraged to walk for 30 or more minutes per day, at least 3 days per week. …

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