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Lifestyle E-Coaching for Physical Activity Level Improvement: Short-Term and Long-Term Effectivity in Low Socioeconomic Status Groups

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Philips Research, 5656 AE Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Eindhoven University of Technology, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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The Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health Prolepsis, 151 25 Athens, Greece
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4427; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224427
Received: 15 October 2019 / Revised: 4 November 2019 / Accepted: 8 November 2019 / Published: 12 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue A More Sustainable and Healthier Future for All: What Works?)
E-coaching applications can improve people’s lifestyles; however, their impact on people from a lower socioeconomic status (low SES) is unknown. This study investigated the effectiveness of a lifestyle e-coaching application in encouraging people facing low SES disadvantages to engage in a more active lifestyle over a course of 19 weeks. In this bicountry study, 95 people with low activity level (GR: 50, NL: 45) used a mobile application linked to a wearable activity tracker. At the start and after 6 and 19 weeks, self-reported physical activity levels, attitudes, and intention towards increasing activity levels, perceived behavioral control, and wellbeing were measured. Results indicated that participants using the lifestyle e-coaching application reported significantly more often an increase in activity levels than a parallel control group. Additionally, the people using the application also more often reported increased levels of wellbeing and perceived behavioral control. Therefore, lifestyle e-coaching applications could be a cost-effective solution for promoting healthier lifestyles in low-SES populations. View Full-Text
Keywords: lifestyle e-coaching; physical activity improvement; socioeconomic status lifestyle e-coaching; physical activity improvement; socioeconomic status
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Spelt, H.; Tsiampalis, T.; Karnaki, P.; Kouvari, M.; Zota, D.; Linos, A.; Westerink, J. Lifestyle E-Coaching for Physical Activity Level Improvement: Short-Term and Long-Term Effectivity in Low Socioeconomic Status Groups. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4427.

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