mHealth text messaging for physical activity promotion in college students: A formative participatory approach

Alice Fang Yan, Patricia Stevens, Youfa Wang, Lance Weinhardt, Cheryl L. Holt, Carrie O'Connor, Tiffany Feller, Hui Xie, Sara Luelloff

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Abstract

Objectives: To develop mobile-based physical activity promotion text messages, understand users' preferences, and assess feasibility and acceptability in a college student sample. Methods: Five focus groups (N = 33) were conducted using a participatory approach. An Audience Response System was adopted for data collection to ensure confidentiality and for directing the discussion foci. A framework analysis of transcribed focus group discussions was conducted. Atlas. ti qualitative analysis software was used to manage the data. Results: Participants were uniformly enthusiastic about a text message-based intervention to encourage regular physical activity. They also preferred positive, supportive personally tailored messages. Participants placed a high value on messages related to establishing and monitoring realistic and achievable goals. Conclusions: mHealth text messaging was well received. The results support the feasibility and acceptance of such an intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-408
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • College students
  • mHealth
  • Participatory approach
  • Physical activity
  • Text messaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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Yan, A. F., Stevens, P., Wang, Y., Weinhardt, L., Holt, C. L., O'Connor, C., ... Luelloff, S. (2015). mHealth text messaging for physical activity promotion in college students: A formative participatory approach. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39(3), 395-408. https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.39.3.12

mHealth text messaging for physical activity promotion in college students : A formative participatory approach. / Yan, Alice Fang; Stevens, Patricia; Wang, Youfa; Weinhardt, Lance; Holt, Cheryl L.; O'Connor, Carrie; Feller, Tiffany; Xie, Hui; Luelloff, Sara.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 39, No. 3, 01.05.2015, p. 395-408.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Yan, AF, Stevens, P, Wang, Y, Weinhardt, L, Holt, CL, O'Connor, C, Feller, T, Xie, H & Luelloff, S 2015, 'mHealth text messaging for physical activity promotion in college students: A formative participatory approach', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 395-408. https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.39.3.12
Yan, Alice Fang ; Stevens, Patricia ; Wang, Youfa ; Weinhardt, Lance ; Holt, Cheryl L. ; O'Connor, Carrie ; Feller, Tiffany ; Xie, Hui ; Luelloff, Sara. / mHealth text messaging for physical activity promotion in college students : A formative participatory approach. In: American Journal of Health Behavior. 2015 ; Vol. 39, No. 3. pp. 395-408.
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