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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(1), 150; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15010150

Sustainable Transportation Attitudes and Health Behavior Change: Evaluation of a Brief Stage-Targeted Video Intervention

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Department of Communication Studies, Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
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Cancer Prevention Research Center, Department of Psychology, College of Health Sciences, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
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Received: 26 October 2017 / Revised: 9 January 2018 / Accepted: 13 January 2018 / Published: 18 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Transportation and Health)
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Promoting physical activity and sustainable transportation is essential in the face of rising health care costs, obesity rates, and other public health threats resulting from lack of physical activity. Targeted communications can encourage distinct population segments to adopt active and sustainable transportation modes. Our work is designed to promote the health, social, and environmental benefits of sustainable/active transportation (ST) using the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM), which has been successfully applied to a range of health, and more recently, sustainability behaviors. Earlier, measurement development confirmed both the structure of ST pros and cons and efficacy measures as well as the relationship between these constructs and ST stages of change, replicating results found for many other behaviors. The present paper discusses a brief pre-post video pilot intervention study designed for precontemplators and contemplators (N = 604) that was well received, effective in moving respondents towards increased readiness for ST behavior change, and improving some ST attitudes, significantly reducing the cons of ST. This research program shows that a brief stage-targeted behavior change video can increase readiness and reduce the cons for healthy transportation choices. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable transportation; active living; transportation and health; Transtheoretical Model of Change; environmental health sustainable transportation; active living; transportation and health; Transtheoretical Model of Change; environmental health
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Mundorf, N.; Redding, C.A.; Paiva, A.L. Sustainable Transportation Attitudes and Health Behavior Change: Evaluation of a Brief Stage-Targeted Video Intervention. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 150.

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