Can individuals meet multiple physical activity and dietary behavior goals?
To examine whether participants with the most behavioral goals to achieve were more likely to meet more goals than those given fewer goals.Eight hundred ten participants were randomly assigned to advice-only, established guidelines for blood pressure control (reduced sodium, increased physical activity), or established guidelines plus the DASH diet (increased fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, reduced fat).At 6 months, 11.7% of Advice-Only, 19.3% of Established, and 44.6% of Established plus DASH met at least 3 goals (P<0.0001). At 18 months, 33.5% of Established plus DASH met at least 3 goals.Those with the most goals to achieve reached the most goals.
Young, DR; Vollmer, WM; King, AC; Brown, AJ; Stevens, VJ; Elmer, PJ; Craddick, S; Sturtevant, DL; Harsha, DW; Appel, LJ
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