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Diana M. Doumas and Tonya Haustveit

This study evaluated the efficacy of a Web-based personalized feedback program aimed at reducing drinking in freshman intercollegiate athletes. The program was offered through the Athletic Department freshman seminar at a NCAA Division I university. Seminar sections were randomly assigned to one of two conditions: Web-based personalized feedback (WPF) or Web-based education (WE). Assessment measures were completed at baseline, 6 weeks, and 3 months. Athletes were classified as high-risk or low-risk drinkers based on baseline reports of binge drinking. Results indicated for high-risk athletes, students in the WPF condition reported significantly greater reductions in drinking and changes in beliefs about peer drinking than those in the WE condition. In addition, reductions in drinking were related to reductions in peer drinking estimates for athletes in the WPF group. Findings provide initial support for the efficacy of Web-based personalized feedback for reducing the quantity and frequency of heavy drinking in freshman intercollegiate athletes.

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Matthew P. Martens, Joanna Buscemi, Ashley E. Smith, and James G. Murphy


Research has shown that many college students do not meet recommended national guidelines for physical activity. The objective of this pilot study was to examine the short-term efficacy of a brief motivational intervention (BMI) designed to increase physical activity.


Participants were 70 college students who reported low physical activity (83% women, 60% African American). Participants were randomly assigned to either the BMI condition or to an education-only (EO) condition. They completed measures of physical activity at baseline and 1-month follow-up.


Those in the BMI condition reported more vigorous-intensity physical activity at a 1-month follow-up than those in the EO condition.


The findings from this study provide preliminary support for the efficacy of a BMI designed to increase physical activity among college students. Future studies should continue to examine and refine the intervention in an effort to improve health-related behaviors among this group.

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Diana M. Doumas and Nadine R. Mastroleo

and the local community, and designing the website using school colors and logos. The program consists of an online assessment module followed by a personalized feedback module. The online assessment module includes questions regarding basic demographic information and information on alcohol

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Rachael E. Flatt and Craig Barr Taylor

 al., ( 2018 ) is currently employed in most public colleges and universities in Missouri. In this model, athletes will complete an online screen, and a screening algorithm triages participants based on risk status and ED symptomatology. Participants receive personalized feedback and are matched with tailored

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David A. Ferrer and Rebecca Ellis

targets: goal setting, self-monitoring, and social support via text messaging. Set weight loss goals, received tips on effective self-monitoring, found a nonstudy buddy to act as support, received a digital scale, pedometer, cookbook, measuring utensils. Received daily text messages, personalized feedback

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Stephanie G. Kerrigan, Evan M. Forman, Dave Williams, Mitesh Patel, Caitlin Loyka, Fengqing Zhang, Ross D. Crosby, and Meghan L. Butryn

activity in adults . J Behav Med . 2017 ; 40 ( 5 ): 712 – 729 . PubMed ID: 28255750 doi:10.1007/s10865-017-9838-y 28255750 10.1007/s10865-017-9838-y 19. Rabbi M , Pfammatter A , Zhang M , Spring B , Choudhury T . Automated personalized feedback for physical activity and dietary behavior

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Aynollah Naderi, Fatemeh Shaabani, Hassan Gharayagh Zandi, Luís Calmeiro, and Britton W. Brewer

per week. All sessions started with a shared discussion among participants about their experiences, feelings, and thoughts concerning the previous session, followed by the instructor’s personalized feedback to each athlete. This feedback pertained to information provided during the shared discussion

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Anthony D. Pizzo, Bradley J. Baker, Gareth J. Jones, and Daniel C. Funk

substantive interaction between her and her trainer in a way that enhanced her workout experience: We have a program called ZULTS, it is a combination of diet, workouts, and MYZONE. The personal trainers at the gym have access to our MYZONE data and we get personalized feedback from one trainer about our

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Chantelle Zimmer and Meghan H. McDonough

programs specifically designed to change health behaviors because they can address issues of reach, engagement, and retention ( Maher et al., 2014 ; Petersen et al., 2019 ). Furthermore, when social networking sites are used to foster social support, friendly competition, or provide personalized feedback

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Stacey L. Schepens Niemiec, Britney Cariño, Amy J. Chatfield, and Kristina Quan

home exercise program, education, and nurse visits, and another with the same program plus a pedometer and personalized feedback. Likewise, Rosenberg et al. ( 2017 ) showed increased standing, although not statistically significant, following 2 weeks of wristband-delivered alerts to stand. The latter