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How to encourage people to walk more

Although walking has health benefits, 80% of American adults report walking only 10 minutes at a time at least 1 day per week.

From Medscape, here’s what works to get them moving.

First, the details.

  • 14 randomized controlled studies that assessed walking behavior were reviewed.

And, the results.

  • Brief telephone prompts are as effective as more substantial telephone counseling.
  • More research is needed to determine the usefulness of pedometers as a motivational tool.
  • Prescribing moderate-intensity walking 5 to 7 days per week may be the most effective method to increase minutes of walking.
  • Walking several times per day doesn’t lead to more walking than once per day.
  • Mass media campaigns increase knowledge and awareness about physical activity but don’t change individual behavior.

The bottom line?
It’s possible to develop programs that will increase walking behavior.

7/1/08 22:02 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.