Participant Experiences in a Workplace Pedometer-Based Physical Activity Program

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Background:

Limited process evaluation of pedometer-based interventions has been reported.

Methods:

Feedback via focus groups (n = 38) and exit questionnaires (n = 68) was used to examine participants’ experiences in a group-based, pedometer-based physical activity (PA) program delivered in the workplace.

Results:

The pedometer was described as a useful tool for increasing awareness of PA, providing motivation and visual feedback, and encouraging conversation and support among participants and others such as family and friends. Group meetings provided motivation and social support, as did participation by coworkers. Self-selected goals, self-selected PA strategies, and recording of steps/d were also important.

Conclusions:

Given the importance of social support as a mediating variable in changing PA behavior, future pedometer-based programs might benefit from including a group-based component.

Lauzon, Myers, and Tudor-Locke are with the Dept of Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1. Chan is with the Dept of Biomedical Sciences, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada C1A 4P3. Tudor-Locke is also with the Walking Behavior Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.