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Dissemination of a community-based physical activity project : the case of 10,000 steps
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by William Mummery, Grant Schofield, Anetta Van Itallie, Kelly Corry, W Brown
This paper describes the use of a web-site for the dissemination of the community-based ‘10,000 steps’ program which was originally developed and evaluated in Rockhampton, Queensland in 2001–2003. The website provides information and interactive activities for individuals, and promotes resources and programs for health promotion professionals. The dissemination activity was assessed in terms of program adoption and implementation. In a 2-year period (May 2004–March 2006) more than 18,000 people registered as users of the web-site (logging more than 8.5 billion steps) and almost 100 workplaces and 13 communities implemented aspects of the 10,000 steps program. These data support the use of the internet as an effective means of disseminating ideas and resources beyond the geographical borders of the original project. Following this preliminary dissemination, there remains a need for the systematic study of different dissemination strategies, so that evidence-based physical activity programs can be translated into more widespread public health practice.