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ERIC Number: EJ917439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
A Cardiovascular Health Program for Latinos Supplemented with Pedometers
Trudnak, Tara; Lloyd, Angela; Westhoff, Wayne W.; Corvin, Jaime
American Journal of Health Education, v42 n1 p24-29 Jan-Feb 2011
Background: Physical inactivity is an important modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases which disproportionately affect Latinos in the U.S. Targeting at-risk Latinos for prevention and intervention programs to increase physical activity can help decrease their risk for developing these diseases. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to promote physical activity, while measuring and monitoring behavior change associated with pedometer use among Latinos. The study's objectives were to: (1) promote physical activity and increase awareness of the importance of walking and exercise through the use of pedometers, (2) calculate the amount of pedometer steps each participant takes over a period of time, and (3) determine whether the use of pedometers along with education about exercise in a cardiovascular disease program would increase participant's physical activity. Methods: Prior to starting the program, participants were given a pedometer and a journal to track their steps. Results: The average number of steps participants took from the first to the last week of data collection increased significantly [F (188)= 6.20, P=0.014]. Discussion: A pedometer may be a useful tool for health educators when combined with an evidence-based physical education program. Translation to Health Education Practice: This study is a demonstration of how health education responsibilities can be put into practice. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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