Move 4 Life: An evaluation of a peer mentoring intervention designed to cascade and consequently up-scale existing programmes to help inactive 50+ become more active
ISPAH ePoster Library. Woods C. Oct 15, 2018; 225458
Prof. Catherine Woods
Prof. Catherine Woods
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
International physical activity (PA) guidelines are that adults should be moderately active at least 30 minutes a day on 5 days or 150 minutes weekly. In Ireland, 63% do not meet these guidelines. Staff shortages can limit health promotion delivery efforts. The Move4Life (M4L) peer mentoring intervention is designed to cascade and up-scale existing programmes to help inactive 50+ year olds become more active. We will test the programme's feasibility involving professionals and peer mentors promoting PA.Method: M4L is a three-arm feasibility and parallel, pilot cluster randomised controlled trial. Eight Western Ireland community sport and PA Hubs were recruited, 68 participants per Hub, each Hub randomised post-baseline into usual care, true control or M4L (N=544). ActivPAL accelerometers provide data on primary (PA) and secondary (sedentary behaviour) outcomes; while questionnaires will gather data for cost-effectiveness, behaviour change and quality-of-life analysis. Participants are assessed at baseline, 3 and 6 months, with post intervention debrief interviews concluding the study. Results:<\b>
This protocol paper will provide information on design and evaluation of a complex community-based intervention. As a feasibility trial it will contribute to understanding of potential effects of empowering non-professionals to teach behavioural skills and provide informational and social support to their peers and how this might promote PA, reduce sedentary behaviour in a cost-effective manner. Conclusion:<\b>
Our vision is that adults 50+ will live a more active, healthy lifestyle as a result of being part of M4L. This study has the potential to inform how best to achieve this goal. External funding details This study is funded by the Health Services Executive Health and Wellbeing Division (Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative - HaPAI), the Department of Health, the Atlantic Philanthropies and Age Friendly Ireland.
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