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Am J Health Promot. 2005 Jan-Feb;19(3):159-62.

Effect of Australia's Walk to Work Day campaign on adults' active commuting and physical activity behavior.

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  • 1NSW Centre for Physical Activity and Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia. dmerom@unsw.edu.au



To determine whether Australia's Walk to Work Day media campaign resulted in behavioral change among targeted groups.


Pre- and postcampaign telephone surveys of a cohort of adults aged 18 to 65 years (n = 1100, 55% response rate) were randomly sampled from Australian major metropolitan areas. Tests for dependent samples were applied (McNemar chi2 or paired t-test).


Among participants who did not usually actively commute to work was a significant decrease in "car only" use and an increase in walking combined with public transport. Among those who were employed was a significant increase in total time walking (+ 16 min/wk; t [780] = 2.04, p < .05) and in other moderate physical activity (+120 min/wk; t [1087] = 4.76, p < .005), resulting in a significant decrease in the proportion who were "inactive" (chi2 (1) = 6.1, p <.05).


Although nonexperimental, the Walk to Work Day initiative elicited shortterm changes in targeted behaviors among target groups. Reinforcement by integrating worksite health promotion strategies may be required for sustained effects.

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