Text messaging to motivate exercise among latino adults at risk for vascular disease: A pilot study, 2013

Tracie C. Collins, Frank Dong, Elizabeth Ablah, Deborah Parra-Medina, Paula Cupertino, Nicole Rogers, Carolyn R. Ahlers-Schmidt

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Abstract

In 2013, we administered a 15-item survey to determine the extent of text message usage among Latino adults in Kansas; for a subset of the survey participants, we also conducted a 6-week pilot trial to determine the effect of text messaging on exercise behaviors. Among the 82 survey participants, 78% had unlimited text messaging. At baseline, all trial participants were at the stage of contemplation; at 6 weeks, one (9%) trial participant remained at the contemplation stage and the other 10 (91%) participants progressed to the action/maintenance/termination stage. Use of text messaging to motivate exercise is feasible and potentially efficacious among Latinos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number140219
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
Volume11
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Collins, T. C., Dong, F., Ablah, E., Parra-Medina, D., Cupertino, P., Rogers, N., & Ahlers-Schmidt, C. R. (2014). Text messaging to motivate exercise among latino adults at risk for vascular disease: A pilot study, 2013. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11(10), [140219]. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.140219