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Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of using internet technology to promote physical activity within a defined community

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posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by A Marshall, E Eakin, Evie Leslie, N Owen
ISSUE ADDRESSED: To explore the feasibility of using the Internet and e-mail to promote physical activity in a defined community.

METHODS: An online survey was conducted through a community-based Internet Service Provider (ISP). ISP clients were recruited via electronic newsletter and direct e-mail. Data were collected on preferred sources of assistance for physical activity advice and stage of motivational readiness for physical activity.

RESULTS: Valid surveys were completed by 797 (9% response rate). Participants were: 55% men; 56% aged >45 years; 57% worked full time; mean BMI was 28+/-8. Thirty-six per cent were in the early stages of motivational readiness for physical activity. More than 70% were somewhat to extremely interested in having access to a physical activity website.

CONCLUSION: Promoting physical activity via the Internet and e-mail is feasible and appealing to some people. Expanding the reach, appeal and use of this technology to deliver physical activity programs will be a challenge.

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Journal

Health promotion journal of Australia

Volume

16

Issue

1

Pagination

82 - 84

Publisher

Australian Health Promotion Association

Location

Maroochydore, Qld.

ISSN

1036-1073

eISSN

1753-6405

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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