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Getting people to walk more: Development, evaluation, and refinement of a complex intervention Seminar

The benefits of walking
16:00 - 17:30
28 October 2010
School of Psychology, Room 3095, Shackleton Building (Building 44), University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Barbara Seiter on +44 (0) 23 8059 5578 or email .

Event details

Walking is especially promising as a focus of public health interventions because it is acceptable among people who are least physically active, and also provides considerable health benefits.

This presentation will illustrate the ongoing development of an intervention to promote walking in sedentary adults, showing how specific intervention techniques were derived from a general theory (namely, the Theory of Planned Behaviour). A waiting list control trial showed this intervention produced mean increases of 87 minutes/week (d=0.90) on objectively measured walking, inN=130 members of the general public. This effect has been replicated. A subsequent systematic literature review has identified those intervention techniques which resulted in greater increases in self-efficacy for lifestyle physical activity. The presentation will conclude by discussing issues arising in adapting andrefining this intervention for delivery by practice nurses in primary care.

Tea will be served beforehand at 15:45 in room 3096 (iZone room).

Speaker information

Professor David French, Professor of Health Psychology, Coventry University. Interventions to change health-related behaviours (development and evaluation); Walking; Emotional, cognitive, and behavioural effects of screening programmes; Risk communication; Illness cognition and social cognition models; Quantitative research methods

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