Impact of healthy lifestyle program: an intervention study among rural and regional communities in Australia

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Hossain, D., Allen, R., Gibson, M., Lambden, J. and Yuginovich, T.. 2014. "Impact of healthy lifestyle program: an intervention study among rural and regional communities in Australia." International Public Health Forum. 1 (1), pp. 8-14.
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Impact of healthy lifestyle program: an intervention study among rural and regional communities in Australia

ERA Journal ID40822
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHossain, D. (Author), Allen, R. (Author), Gibson, M. (Author), Lambden, J. (Author) and Yuginovich, T. (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Public Health Forum
International Public Health Journal
Journal Citation1 (1), pp. 8-14
Number of Pages7
Year2014
Place of PublicationSanta Clara, CA. United States
ISSN1947-4989
Web Address (URL)http://www.researchpub.org/journal/iphf/iphf.html
Abstract

participants to better adopt healthy physical activity behaviours; b) increase parents’ ability to establish healthy physical activity behaviours in their children.
Methods: The study design is a field intervention with a quasi-experimental (self-control in a pre-post assessment approach). The follow up was conducted on two phases immediate and after 3 months of the program.
Results: After participation in the program the highest proportion (94%) of participants stated that they need regular exercise; 72% stated they would do similar amount of physical activity and 80% in 3 month survey. They also stated that the children –age between 5 to 12 years should have physical activity from 1 to 2 hours each day. More than 80% of participants are more confident in getting enough physical activity for them and guiding their children to improve or maintain good health. The results indicate that this program has improved knowledge and lifestyle skills of the participants; improved their ability to adopt healthy physical activity behaviour and increased parent ability to establish physical activity/exercise patterns among their children.
Conclusion: Participants are now able to access healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their children including regular physical activity.

Keywordshealthy lifestyle, knowledge, physical activity, skills
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441003. Rural sociology
420603. Health promotion
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Byline AffiliationsCentre for Rural and Remote Area Health
Hervey Bay Community Centre, Australia
Joanne Lambden and Associates, Australia
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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