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How to get a nation walking: reach, retention, participant characteristics and program implications of Heart Foundation Walking, a nationwide Australian community-based walking program

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, November 2017
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Title
How to get a nation walking: reach, retention, participant characteristics and program implications of Heart Foundation Walking, a nationwide Australian community-based walking program
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, November 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12966-017-0617-5
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Authors

Kylie Ball, Gavin Abbott, Michelle Wilson, Melanie Chisholm, Shannon Sahlqvist

Abstract

Community-based walking programs represent a low-cost, accessible approach to increasing physical activity among inactive adults. However, recruiting participants from vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups remains a challenge. This study examined the reach, retention, sociodemographic and health characteristics, physical activity levels and motivators of participants in Heart Foundation Walking, a nationwide Australian community-based walking program. Descriptive cross-sectional analyses were undertaken with data from 22,416 participants aged 15+ years in the Heart Foundation Walking registration database in December 2015, and from four surveys of participants in 2010 (n = 2400), 2011 (n = 3274), 2012 (n = 4158) and 2015 (n = 1890). Heart Foundation Walking reached participants in every geographic region of Australia, including remote and sparsely populated regions, and engaged sizeable proportions of the following at-risk participants: older than 60 years (>70%); with very low incomes (17-25%); who were overweight or obese (around 60%); and with one or more chronic disease or disease risk factors (57-81%). For all demographic groups, one-year retention rates were at least 75%. Seventy percent of participants met physical activity recommendations. Over 75% reported joining the program for health and fitness reasons while the most cited motivator for continuing was the social aspect (57-73%). Volunteer-run, group-based walking programs can have substantial reach and retention, in particular among those at risk for physical inactivity. The provision of opportunities for social interaction appears to be a key program element in promoting long-term participation, including among high-risk groups.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 111 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 19 17%
Student > Master 14 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 12%
Researcher 9 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 6%
Other 16 14%
Unknown 33 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 18 16%
Sports and Recreations 15 14%
Psychology 13 12%
Social Sciences 10 9%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 8%
Other 11 10%
Unknown 35 32%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 36. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 July 2019.
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#766,951
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Outputs from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#299
of 1,748 outputs
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#25,398
of 429,525 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#43
of 145 outputs
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