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Am J Health Behav. 2009 May-Jun;33(3):277-86.

Can individuals meet multiple physical activity and dietary behavior goals?

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  • 1Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland, School of Public Health, College Park, MD 20742, USA. DRYoung@umd.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine whether participants with the most behavioral goals to achieve were more likely to meet more goals than those given fewer goals.

METHODS:

Eight hundred ten participants were randomly assigned to advice-only, established guidelines for blood pressure control (reduced sodium, increased physical activity), or established guidelines plus the DASH diet (increased fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, reduced fat).

RESULTS:

At 6 months, 11.7% of Advice-Only, 19.3% of Established, and 44.6% of Established plus DASH met at least 3 goals (P<0.0001). At 18 months, 33.5% of Established plus DASH met at least 3 goals.

CONCLUSIONS:

Those with the most goals to achieve reached the most goals.

PMID:
19063649
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