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Observation of Step-Count Patterns of Women Participating in a Healthy Lifestyle Book Club Intervention
Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
  • Cara L. Sidman, University of North Carolina - Wilmington
  • Jennifer L. Huberty, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Yong Gao, Boise State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2011
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Abstract
This study has two purposes: (1) to observe the step-count patterns of adult women who participated in an eight-month healthy lifestyle-based book club intervention and (2) to describe step-count patterns across seasons and body mass index (BMI) categories. Sixty-two participants (mean age ± SD = 53 ± 9, 92% Caucasians) had complete pedometer data, which was used for data analysis. After weekly, hour-long, discussion-based meetings during months one through four, and bi-monthly meetings during months five through eight, women increased their step counts by 26%. Significant step-count differences were observed among seasons (p < .05), and from pre- to post-intervention (p < .05), with the lowest steps being reported in the fall and the highest in the spring. Women in the obese category continued to increase steps during the winter, while the healthy-weight group decreased steps. There was a significant correlation between the average steps taken during the intervention and changes in BMI from pre- to post-intervention (r = -.26, p < .05). Overall, positive step-count pattern observations were found among adult women participating in a healthy lifestyle-based intervention.
Citation Information
Cara L. Sidman, Jennifer L. Huberty and Yong Gao. "Observation of Step-Count Patterns of Women Participating in a Healthy Lifestyle Book Club Intervention" Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/yong_gao/21/