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

Kanzo Okazaki, Shinji Okano, Shinichiro Haga, Akiho Seki, Hisao Suzuki, Kayo Takahashi

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-360
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Volume83
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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