Can individuals meet multiple physical activity and dietary behavior goals?
OBJECTIVES: To examine whether participants with the most behavioral goals to achieve were more likely to meet more goals than those given fewer goals. METHODS: 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). RESULTS: 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. CONCLUSIONS: 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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