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Title: Small steps : effectiveness and feasibility of an incremental goal-setting intervention to reduce sitting time in older adults
Authors: Lewis, L. K.
Rowlands, Alexander Viktor
Gardiner, P.
Standage, M.
English, C.
Olds, T.
First Published: 2-Jan-2016
Publisher: Elsevier for European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS)
Citation: Maturitas, 2016, 85, pp. 64-70
Abstract: Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the preliminary effectiveness and feasibility of a theory-informed program to reduce sitting time in older adults. Design: Pre-experimental (pre-post) study. Thirty non-working adult (≥60 years) participants attended a one hour face-to-face intervention session and were guided through: a review of their sitting time; normative feedback on sitting time; and setting goals to reduce total sitting time and bouts of prolonged sitting. Participants chose six goals and integrated one per week incrementally for six weeks. Participants received weekly phone calls. Outcome measures: Sitting time and bouts of prolonged sitting (≥30 min) were measured objectively for seven days (activPAL3c inclinometer) pre- and post-intervention. During these periods, a 24-h time recall instrument was administered by computer-assisted telephone interview. Participants completed a post-intervention project evaluation questionnaire. Paired t tests with sequential Bonferroni corrections and Cohen’s d effect sizes were calculated for all outcomes. Results: Twenty-seven participants completed the assessments (71.7 ± 6.5 years). Post-intervention, objectively-measured total sitting time was significantly reduced by 51.5 min per day (p = 0.006; d = −0.58) and number of bouts of prolonged sitting by 0.8 per day (p = 0.002; d = −0.70). Objectively-measured standing increased by 39 min per day (p = 0.006; d = 0.58). Participants self-reported spending 96 min less per day sitting (p < 0.001; d = −0.77) and 32 min less per day watching television (p = 0.005; d = −0.59). Participants were highly satisfied with the program. Conclusion: The ‘Small Steps’ program is a feasible and promising avenue for behavioral modification to reduce sitting time in older adults.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2015.12.014
ISSN: 0378-5122
eISSN: 1873-4111
Embargo on file until: 2-Jan-2017
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available after the end of the embargo period under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license 
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