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Effects of a holistic health program on women's physical activity and mental and spiritual health

Jorna, Michelle, Ball, Kylie and Salmon, Jo 2006, Effects of a holistic health program on women's physical activity and mental and spiritual health, Journal of science and medicine in sport, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 395-401.

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Title Effects of a holistic health program on women's physical activity and mental and spiritual health
Author(s) Jorna, Michelle
Ball, Kylie
Salmon, Jo
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 9
Issue number 5
Start page 395
End page 401
Publisher Elsevier (Australia)
Place of publication Belconnen, ACT.
Publication date 2006-10
ISSN 1440-2440
1878-1861
Keyword(s) physical activity Intervention
women
mental health
Summary Intervention studies aimed at promoting increased physical activity have been trialled in many different settings including primary care, worksites and the community. Churches are also potential settings for physical activity promotion. However, little is known about the effectiveness of this setting for promoting physical activity, particularly in Australia. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a mind, body and spiritually based health promotion program in increasing physical activity and promoting mental and spiritual health. Nineteen women completed the 8-week intervention, and 30 women in a non-health related 8-week program at the same church comprised a comparison group. Pre- and post-program surveys assessed outcome measures. Between-group differences over time were examined using one-way MANOVA's. Physical activity was higher in the intervention group than the comparison group. In contrast to the comparison group, both mental health (depression symptoms) and spiritual health improved significantly more among intervention participants. The data highlight the potential for a church-based setting and holistic approach to health promotion as a successful means of increasing physical activity and promoting mental and spiritual health among Australian women.


Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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