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Evaluation of a worksite-based small group team challenge to increase physical activity

Available Online http://doi.org/10.1177/0890117118784229
Publication Date March 2019
Author Jessica M. Tullar, Timothy J. Walker, Timothy F. Page, Wendell C. Taylor, Rolando Roman, and Benjamin C. Amick, III
Source American Journal of Health Promotion
Source Type Journal Article
Summary

This study compares the effectiveness of an organization-wide step challenge in participants who chose to participate in a small group challenge versus those who chose an individual challenge. The results demonstrated that institution-level participation rates were the same whether the institution offered the team challenge option or not. However, for institutions that did offer the team challenge option, participants of the team challenge option walked significantly more steps (1,922 more steps per day) than did individual-challenge participants at the end of the challenge. The study concludes that offering a team challenge may have more desirable outcomes than offering only an individual challenge.

Keywords physical activity challenge, team challenge, physical activity intervention, fitness, interventions, behavioral economics, motivation, strategies, social support, opportunity, workplace, specific settings
Reference

Tullar, J. M., Walker, T. J., Page, T. F., Taylor, W. C., Roman, R., & Amick III, B. C. (2019). Evaluation of a worksite-based small group team challenge to increase physical activity. American Journal of Health Promotion, 33, 259–266. doi: 10.1177/0890117118784229

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