The Park Prescription Trial: Prescribing physical activity and park use to promote health and well-being of adults in Singapore
ISPAH ePoster Library. Müller-Riemenschneider F. Oct 15, 2018; 225285; 213
Falk Müller-Riemenschneider
Falk Müller-Riemenschneider
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Abstract PurposeThis trial investigates the effectiveness of a carefully developed park prescription intervention to improve physical activity (PA), PA in parks, physical and mental well-being among community-dwelling adults. MethodsParticipants aged 40 to 65 years were recruited through Population Health Screenings in Singapore if they were physically inactive, passed the PA Readiness Questionnaire and had blood pressure and blood glucose values within healthy ranges. They were randomly assigned to the Park Prescription Intervention or control. Participants completed baseline, 3- and 6-months follow-up assessments, including self-report questionnaires, accelerometer assessment, and health screening. T-test was used to compare outcomes between groups. A p-value <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results Eighty participants were allocated to each group with comparable characteristics at baseline. Participants were predominantly female (79.4%), of Chinese ethnicity (81.3%) and married (78.8%). At the 6-month follow-up, 90.6% of the participants provided outcome data. Mean time (minutes/month) spent in parks (Intervention: 333.9 ± 506.2; control: 186.4 ± 358.4; p-value: 0.047) and PA in parks (Intervention: 333.0 ± 499.3; control: 140.5 ± 270.7; p-value: 0.005) was significantly greater in the intervention group. Objectively measured PA, physical health and mental well-being outcomes will additionally be reported. ConclusionPark Prescription has the potential to be applied in community screenings in Singapore. Findings suggest that the intervention effectively increased park use and PA in parks. Outcomes on objectively measured PA, physical and mental well-being will provide further insights into the effectiveness of the intervention. External funding details National Parks Board Singapore and the National University of Singapore.
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