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Araban M, Jafarpour K, Arastoo A A, Gholamnia Shirvani Z, Montazeri A, Haerimehrizi A. The impact of a theory-based education on physical activity among ‘Health Volunteers’: A randomized controlled trial.. Health Educ Health Promot. 2021; 9 (1)
URL: http://hehp.modares.ac.ir/article-5-47096-en.html
1- Department of Health Education and Promotion, Social Determinants of Health Research center, Public Health School, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.
2- Social Determinants of Health Research center, Public Health School, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
3- Department of Public Health, Social Determinants of Health Research center, Faculty of Health, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
4- Department of Medical Education Development, Education Development Center (EDC), Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran , z.gholamnia@yahoo.com
5- Health Metrics Research Center, Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research, ACECR, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (415 Views)
Aims: Physical inactivity (PA) and sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of all cause mortality. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of a theory-based education on PA among female health volunteers in Iran by applying the theory of planned behavior (TPB).
Methods: This was a randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention to improve physical activity among health volunteers in Shushtar (a southern city), Iran in 2016. A sample of health volunteers was selected through purposive sampling and randomly was assigned to the intervention and the control groups. The intervention included three educational sessions and a walking program. A multi-section questionnaire containing items on TPB constructs, the international physical activity questionnaire, and the physiological cost index (PCI- an objective measure of PA) were used to collect data at baseline and 6 months follow-up assessments. Then the data were compared within and between groups using t-test and paired test.
Findings: In all 110 ‘Health Volunteers’ (55 per each group) were entered into the study. The mean age of participants was 35.65±10.25 years. The results obtained from analysis showed that educational program improved attitude towards PA, perceived behavioral control, intention, behavior and PCI among the intervention group (P<0.001). However, no significant changes occurred in the control group in terms of the study variables.
Conclusion: The TPB-directed educational program improved physical activity and physiological cost index. . The study framework might be used as a practical template for interventions aimed at improving physical activity among female health volunteer.
     
Article Type: Original Research | Subject: Health Education and Health Behavior
Received: 2020/10/25 | Accepted: 2020/12/2 | Published: 2021/01/23

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