194193 An Evaluation of a Home-Based Intervention, Based on the Social Cognitive Theory, to Promote Physical Activity in Adults

Monday, November 9, 2009

Melinda Everman-Moore, PhD, CHES , School of Physical Activity and Educational Services, The Ohio State University, Hilliard, OH
R. L. Petosa, PhD , Health and Exercise Science, The Ohio State Univesity, Columbus, OH
Janet Buckworth, PhD , Health Promotion, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Take Control intervention to promote days of physical activity among adults in a targeted neighborhood, as compared to a standard education intervention (Just Move). A quasi-experimental, non-equivalent comparison group research design was used. The Take Control intervention was based on the Social Cognitive Theory (SCT). Specifically the constructs of self-regulation, self-efficacy and social support were targeted. Participants in the Take Control intervention received at their home, a series of self-guided worksheets that were tailored to address a specific SCT construct. Both programs were a six-week, home-based intervention that was designed to increase days of moderate and vigorous activity among adults. The study revealed that both groups significantly improved days of physical activity from pretest to posttest. Of the three SCT constructs targeted, only self-regulation increased from pretest to posttest. This study adds to the body of literature. It one of the few home-based studies that implements theoretical constructs. This study also supports that a minimal contact home-based intervention can impact days of physical activity as well as self-regulation skills.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the impact of a home-based intervention on physical activity rates. 2. Discuss the impact the home-based intervention had on social cognitive variables

Keywords: Physical Activity, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: PhD in Health Education and Promotion
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.