Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061154
Title: Prescribing physical activity in parks to improve health and wellbeing: Protocol of the park prescription randomized controlled trial
Authors: Müller-Riemenschneider, F
Petrunoff, N 
Sia, A
Ramiah, A
Ng, A
Han, J
Wong, M 
Choo, T.B 
Uijtdewilligen, L 
Keywords: greenspace
health care
physical activity
quality of life
urban area
accelerometry
adult
aged
Article
controlled study
counseling
exercise
health program
health promotion
human
human experiment
mass screening
moderate to vigorous physical activity
outcome assessment
patient-reported outcome
physical activity
prescription
program effectiveness
prospective study
psychological well-being
randomized controlled trial
recreational park
Singaporean
teaching
telephone interview
exercise
health behavior
middle aged
randomized controlled trial (topic)
self report
Singapore [Singapore (NTN)]
Singapore [Southeast Asia]
Accelerometry
Exercise
Health Behavior
Humans
Middle Aged
Parks, Recreational
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Self Report
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Müller-Riemenschneider, F, Petrunoff, N, Sia, A, Ramiah, A, Ng, A, Han, J, Wong, M, Choo, T.B, Uijtdewilligen, L (2018). Prescribing physical activity in parks to improve health and wellbeing: Protocol of the park prescription randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15 (6) : 1154. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061154
Abstract: Previous studies in primary care settings showed that brief advice prescribing physical activity for inactive patients could be an effective way to promote physical activity. Park prescription interventions confer health benefits associated with exposure to nature and increased physical activity by recommending park use specifically to increase physical activity in parks. The purpose of this trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of a park prescription intervention for increasing time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) assessed by accelerometry. Middle-aged Singaporeans who were insufficiently active and who met health screening criteria were recruited via existing community health screening programs and allocated to one of two groups. Intervention participants received a prescription of physical activity in parks, an information pack, access to a weekly group exercise program in parks and telephone counselling (n = 80). Control participants received physical activity materials (n = 80). The primary outcome (mean difference between both groups in time spent in MVPA minutes per week measured by accelerometer) will be assessed at six months. Secondary outcomes include self-reported health behaviors, self-reported mental wellbeing and objectively-measured physical health. This is the first randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of a park prescription intervention for increasing health-enhancing MVPA. © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/176202
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15061154
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