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Int J Med Inform. 2014 May;83(5):354-60. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2014.01.012. Epub 2014 Feb 2.

One-year outcome of an interactive internet-based physical activity intervention among university students.

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1
Tohoku Gakuin University, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Department of Human Science, 2-1-1 Tenjinzawa, Izumi-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 981-3193, Japan. Electronic address: kanzook1015@hotmail.com.
2
Graduate School of Education, Okayama University, 1-1-3 Tsushima-Naka, Okayama, Okayama 700-8530, Japan.
3
Department of Health Care Medicine, Kawasaki Medical School, 577 Matsushima, Kurashiki, Okayama 701-0192, Japan.
4
Interactive Sport Education Center, Okayama University, 1-1-3 Tsushima-Naka, Okayama, Okayama 700-8530, Japan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of the present study was to evaluate whether improvement in physical activity of students following a 4-month intervention of a university course was maintained 8 months later.

METHODS:

Data on 77 students who responded to our scheduled inquiries completely through 1 year were analyzed. Participants of the intervention group (n=49) using the internet-based physical activity program exhibited significant increases in energy expenditures measured by IPAQ compared with the no-treatment control group (n=28) through 1 year.

RESULTS:

Participants who did not engage in regular university sports activities (baseline: 450±351kcalday(-1); post: 587±320kcalday(-1); 8-month follow-up: 580±394kcalday(-1)) only exhibited significant increases in energy expenditures compared with those of the control group (baseline: 498±341kcalday(-1); post: 414±242kcalday(-1); 8-month follow-up: 347±275kcalday(-1)).

CONCLUSION:

These results suggested that an internet-based interactive intervention could become a helpful tool in promoting and maintaining physical activity in the long term.

KEYWORDS:

Follow-up; Interactive learning system; Internet-based intervention; Physical activity; University course

PMID:
24636701
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2014.01.012
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