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How to get a nation walking: reach, retention, participant characteristics and program implications of Heart Foundation Walking, a nationwide Australian community-based walking program

Ball, Kylie, Abbott, Gavin, Wilson, Michelle, Chisholm, Melanie and Sahlqvist, Shannon 2017, How to get a nation walking: reach, retention, participant characteristics and program implications of Heart Foundation Walking, a nationwide Australian community-based walking program, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, vol. 14, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1186/s12966-017-0617-5.

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Title How to get a nation walking: reach, retention, participant characteristics and program implications of Heart Foundation Walking, a nationwide Australian community-based walking program
Author(s) Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
Abbott, GavinORCID iD for Abbott, Gavin orcid.org/0000-0003-4014-0705
Wilson, Michelle
Chisholm, Melanie
Sahlqvist, ShannonORCID iD for Sahlqvist, Shannon orcid.org/0000-0002-3714-9533
Journal name International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Volume number 14
Article ID 161
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-11-21
ISSN 1479-5868
1479-5868
Keyword(s) Community
Program
Reach
Retention
Socioeconomic
Walking
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Australia
Body Mass Index
Body Weight
Cross-Sectional Studies
Exercise
Female
Health Behavior
Health Promotion
Interpersonal Relations
Male
Middle Aged
Motivation
Obesity
Overweight
Risk Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
Young Adult
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Nutrition & Dietetics
Physiology
INCREASE PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
PROMOTE WALKING
INTERVENTIONS
ATTRITION
METAANALYSIS
ADHERENCE
PEOPLE
RATES
Summary BACKGROUND: Community-based walking programs represent a low-cost, accessible approach to increasing physical activity among inactive adults. However, recruiting participants from vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups remains a challenge. This study examined the reach, retention, sociodemographic and health characteristics, physical activity levels and motivators of participants in Heart Foundation Walking, a nationwide Australian community-based walking program.

METHODS: Descriptive cross-sectional analyses were undertaken with data from 22,416 participants aged 15+ years in the Heart Foundation Walking registration database in December 2015, and from four surveys of participants in 2010 (n = 2400), 2011 (n = 3274), 2012 (n = 4158) and 2015 (n = 1890).

RESULTS: Heart Foundation Walking reached participants in every geographic region of Australia, including remote and sparsely populated regions, and engaged sizeable proportions of the following at-risk participants: older than 60 years (>70%); with very low incomes (17-25%); who were overweight or obese (around 60%); and with one or more chronic disease or disease risk factors (57-81%). For all demographic groups, one-year retention rates were at least 75%. Seventy percent of participants met physical activity recommendations. Over 75% reported joining the program for health and fitness reasons while the most cited motivator for continuing was the social aspect (57-73%).

CONCLUSIONS: Volunteer-run, group-based walking programs can have substantial reach and retention, in particular among those at risk for physical inactivity. The provision of opportunities for social interaction appears to be a key program element in promoting long-term participation, including among high-risk groups.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12966-017-0617-5
Field of Research 11 Medical And Health Sciences
13 Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30109026

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