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Randomised controlled trials of physical activity promotion in free living populations: a review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7499985     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To review evidence on the effectiveness of trials of physical activity promotion in healthy, free living adults. To identify the more effective intervention programmes. METHODS: Computerised databases and references were searched. Experts were contacted and asked for information about existing work. INCLUSION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials of healthy, free living adult subjects, where exercise behaviour was the dependent variable were included. CONCLUSIONS: Ten trials were identified. The small number of trials limits the strength of any conclusions and highlights the need for more research. No UK based studies were found. Previously sedentary adults can increase activity levels and sustain them. Promotion of these changes requires personal instruction, continued support, and exercise of moderate intensity which does not depend on attendance at a facility. The exercise should be easily included into an existing lifestyle and should be enjoyable. Walking is the exercise most likely to fulfil these criteria.
M Hillsdon; M Thorogood; T Anstiss; J Morris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of epidemiology and community health     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0143-005X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Publication Date:  1995 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-01-16     Completed Date:  1996-01-16     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909766     Medline TA:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  448-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
Occupational Health Department, West London Healthcare NHS Trust, Southall, Middlesex.
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MeSH Terms
Consumer Participation
Health Promotion / methods*
Middle Aged
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic*

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