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Health promotion and public health
Pedometer-based walking interventions provide sustained increases in physical activity levels, as well as reductions in cardiovascular events and fractures
  1. Deepali Pavagadhi1,
  2. Josip Car2,3
  1. 1 Centre for Population Health Sciences, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
  2. 2 Centre for Population Health Sciences Singapore, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
  3. 3 School of Public Health London, Imperial College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Deepali Pavagadhi, Centre for Population Health Sciences, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, 11 Mandalay Road, Clinical Sciences Building Singapore, Singapore 636921, Singapore; deepali.pavagadhi{at}ntu.edu.sg

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Commentary on: Harris T, Limb ES, Hosking F, et al. Effect of pedometer-based walking interventions on long-term health outcomes: prospective 4-year follow-up of two randomised controlled trials using routine primary care data. PLoS Med 2019;16:e1002836.

Implications for practice and research

  • A primary care pedometer-based intervention can be an effective and scalable approach for increasing physical activity, and potentially improving long-term health outcomes.

  • Further research is needed for testing the effects of comparable physical activity to identify if outcomes differ across diseases depending on the length of follow-up and change in the physical activity levels.

Context

Long-term diseases are a priority health concern globally, and associated with considerable disease burden,1 lowered quality of life,2 morbidity and mortality.1 2 Prompt and evidence-based approaches for the prevention and optimal management of long-term diseases are imperative. Although the association between physical inactivity and long-term disease has been well-established,1 evidence …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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