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mHealth text messaging for physical activity promotion in college students: a formative participatory approach

TitlemHealth text messaging for physical activity promotion in college students: a formative participatory approach
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsYan, AF, Stevens, P, Wang, Y, Weinhardt, L, Holt, CL, O'Connor, C, Feller, T, Xie, H, Luelloff, S
JournalAm J Health Behav
Volume39
Pagination395-408
Date PublishedMay
ISBN Number1945-7359 (Electronic)1087-3244 (Linking)
Accession Number25741684
Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To develop mobile-based physical activity promotion text messages, understand users' preferences, and assess feasibility and acceptability in a college student sample. METHODS: Five focus groups (N = 33) were conducted using a participatory approach. An Audience Response System was adopted for data collection to ensure confidentiality and for directing the discussion foci. A framework analysis of transcribed focus group discussions was conducted. Atlas. ti qualitative analysis software was used to manage the data. RESULTS: Participants were uniformly enthusiastic about a text message-based intervention to encourage regular physical activity. They also preferred positive, supportive personally tailored messages. Participants placed a high value on messages related to establishing and monitoring realistic and achievable goals. CONCLUSIONS: mHealth text messaging was well received. The results support the feasibility and acceptance of such an intervention.