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dc.contributor.authorBurke, Linda
dc.contributor.authorJancey, Jonine
dc.contributor.authorHowat, Peter
dc.contributor.authorLee, Andy
dc.contributor.authorKerr, Deborah
dc.contributor.authorShilton, T.
dc.contributor.authorHills, A.
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, A.
dc.identifier.citationBurke, Linda and Jancey, Jonine and Howat, Peter and Lee, Andy and Kerr, Deborah and Shilton, Trevor and Hills, Andrew and Anderson, Annie. 2010. Physical activity and nutrition program for seniors (PANS): protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 10 (751).

Background: Along with reduced levels of physical activity, older Australian?s mean energy consumption hasincreased. Now over 60% of older Australians are considered overweight or obese. This study aims to confirm if alow-cost, accessible physical activity and nutrition program can improve levels of physical activity and diet ofinsufficiently active 60-70 year-olds.Methods/Design: This 12-month home-based randomised controlled trial (RCT) will consist of a nutrition andphysical activity intervention for insufficiently active people aged 60 to 70 years from low to medium socioeconomicareas. Six-hundred participants will be recruited from the Australian Federal Electoral Role and randomlyassigned to the intervention (n = 300) and control (n = 300) groups. The study is based on the Social CognitiveTheory and Precede-Proceed Model, incorporating voluntary cooperation and self-efficacy. The interventionincludes a specially designed booklet that provides participants with information and encourages dietary andphysical activity goal setting. The booklet will be supported by an exercise chart, calendar, bi-monthly newsletters,resistance bands and pedometers, along with phone and email contact. Data will be collected over three timepoints: pre-intervention, immediately post-intervention and 6-months post-study.Discussion: This trial will provide valuable information for community-based strategies to improve older adults?physical activity and dietary intake. The project will provide guidelines for appropriate sample recruitment, and thedevelopment, implementation and evaluation of a minimal intervention program, as well as information onminimising barriers to participation in similar programs.

dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd
dc.subjecthealth promotion
dc.subjectphysical activity
dc.subjectageing healthy
dc.titlePhysical activity and nutrition program for seniors (PANS): protocol of a randomized controlled trial
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleBMC Public Health

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