The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    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.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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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

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