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Prev Med. 2012 Oct;55(4):292-298. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.07.022. Epub 2012 Aug 4.

Effectiveness of Australia's Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service®: translational research with population wide impact.

Author information

1
Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Medical Foundation Building K25, The University of Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia. Electronic address: blythe.ohara@sydney.edu.au.
2
Prevention Research Collaboration, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Medical Foundation Building K25, The University of Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia.
3
Cancer Prevention Research Centre, University of Queensland, Australia.
4
Cancer Institute, NSW, Australia.
5
Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia.
6
Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, University of Technology, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

With increasing rates of non-communicable disease, there is a need for implementing population-wide, evidence-based interventions for improving behavioural risk factors. Telephone-based interventions provide one option. This study reports on the evaluation of the Australia's Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service®, to improve lifestyle behaviours, amongst a population-wide sample who completed the 6-month coaching programme.

METHODS:

Using a pre-post design, New South Wales participants who completed telephone-based coaching between February 2009 and December 2011 were included. Outcomes comprised self-reported weight, waist circumference, height, physical activity and dietary behaviours. Matched pair analyses and multivariate modelling were performed to assess behavioural changes.

RESULTS:

Participants (n=1440) reported statistically significant improvements in weight (-3.9 kg (5.1)); waist circumference (-5.0 cm (6.0)); and Body Mass Index (-1.4 BMI units (1.8)); number of walking and moderate-vigorous physical activity sessions of ≥30 min per week; number of vigorous physical activity sessions of ≥20 min per week and servings of vegetables; fruit; take-away meals and sweetened drinks (all p<0.001). Improvements in weight, waist, moderate physical activity, fruit and vegetable and take-away meals consumption remained significant after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results support the effectiveness of replicating an evidence-based intervention in improving population risk factors for chronic disease.

PMID:
22885323
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.07.022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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