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

    This blog is 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 www.Vicus.com, 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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