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Psychol Rep. 2003 Oct;93(2):521-6.

Changes in behavior and behavioral intentions among middle-age women: results from an osteoporosis prevention program.

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Department of Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation and Dance, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 72701, USA.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate changes in behaviors and behavioral intentions that occurred among 342 middle-age women (M age 49.5 yr.) after participating in an Osteoporosis Prevention Program. The valid and reliable Osteoporosis Preventing Behaviors Survey (developed by Doheny and Sedlak) and a survey developed for this work were measures. Significant changes in behaviors were reported, especially increases in weight-bearing physical activity, dairy product intake, and decreases in consumption of caffeine-containing beverages. Many subjects reported intentions to increase physical activity and calcium intake. An Osteoporosis Prevention Program may help promote osteoporosis prevention behaviors, but intents must be followed up to check actual change.

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