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dc.contributor.authorKelly, Liam
dc.contributor.authorHarrison, Michael
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Noel
dc.contributor.authorCarroll, Paula
dc.contributor.authorRobertson, Steve
dc.contributor.authorKeohane, Aisling
dc.contributor.authorDonohoe, Alex
dc.identifier.citationKelly, L., Harrison, M., Richardson, N., Carroll, P., Robertson, S., Keohane, A., & Donohoe, A. (2019). The impact of a gender-specific physical activity intervention on the fitness and fatness profile of men in Ireland. European Journal of Public Health, 29(6), 1154-1160. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckz100en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: Amid increasing concerns about rising obesity rates and unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, physical activity (PA) is seen as a prophylactic to many chronic conditions affecting men. Men respond best to community-based PA programmes, using gender-specific promotional and delivery strategies. ‘Men on the Move’ (MOM) was developed on this basis and targeted inactive adult men in Ireland. Methods: Sedentary men (n = 927; age = 50.7 ± 10.9 years; weight = 92.7 ± 16.0 kg; METS = 6.06 ± 2.13) were recruited across eight counties: four ‘intervention group’ (IG; n = 501) and four ‘comparison-in-waiting group’ (CG; n = 426). The MOM programme involved structured group exercise twice weekly for 12 weeks (W), along with health-related workshops with the groups maintained up to 52 W. Primary outcome measures [aerobic fitness, bodyweight and waist circumference (WC)] together with self-administered questionnaires were used to gather participant data at baseline, 12, 26 and 52 W. Results: Results show a net positive effect on aerobic fitness, bodyweight and WC, with significant (P < 0.05) net change scores observed in the IG compared to the CG (METS: 12 W = +2.20, 26 W = +1.89, 52 W = +0.92; weight: 12 W = −1.72 kg, 26 W = −1.95 kg, 52 W = −1.89 kg; WC: 12 W = −4.54 cm, 26 W = −2.69 cm, 52 W = −3.16 cm). The corresponding reduction in cardiovascular disease risk is particularly significant in the context of a previously inactive and overweight cohort. The high ‘dropout’ (42.7% presenting at 52 W), however, is of particular concern, with ‘dropouts’ having lower levels of aerobic fitness and higher bodyweight/WC at baseline. Conclusions: Notwithstanding dropout issues, findings address an important gap in public health practice by informing the translational scale-up of a small controllable gender-specific PA intervention, MOM, to a national population-based PA intervention targeting inactive men.en_US
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Journal of Public Healthen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland*
dc.subjectphysical activityen_US
dc.subjectcardiovascular disease risk factorsen_US
dc.subjectlack of exerciseen_US
dc.subjectchronic diseaseen_US
dc.subjectlife styleen_US
dc.subjectpublic health practiceen_US
dc.subjectself administrationen_US
dc.subjectwaist circumferenceen_US
dc.subjectprimary outcome measureen_US
dc.titleThe impact of a gender-specific physical activity intervention on the fitness and fatness profile of men in Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.sponsorThis study was supported by funding from the Health Services Executive, the Local Sports Partnerships, the Irish Heart Foundation and the Men's Development Network with benefit in kind from the partners on the National Partnership Network and local community organisations.en_US
dc.subject.departmenthealthCORE - IT Carlowen_US

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