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Impact of a Pedometer Program on Nurses Working in a Health-Promoting Hospital

Lavoie-Tremblay, Mélanie N.PhD, FRSQ; Sounan, Charles PhD; Trudel, Julie G. PhD; Lavigne, Geneviève L. PhD; Martin, Kara MA; Lowensteyn, Ilka PhD

doi: 10.1097/HCM.0000000000000010
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The aim of this research was to describe the impact of a pedometer-based activity program on a subset of nurses in a university-affiliated, multisite health care center in Canada. This study used a longitudinal design with preintervention-postintervention (8 weeks) and follow-up (6 months). At baseline, 60 nurses participated; 51 (85%) remained for the postprogram assessment and 33 (55%) also completed the follow-up questionnaire. Data were collected through self-administered questionnaires (weight, height, fatigue, insomnia, stress and step data) and blood tests (total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol). At postprogram, participants reported 12 thinsp;912 steps on average per day. At follow-up, 79% of participants indicated that they maintained their physical activity after the pedometer program. A significant decrease in insomnia was evident in postprogram scores compared with baseline scores, and this decrease was maintained at follow-up. A significant decrease in minutes spent sitting per week was also observed from baseline to postprogram and also maintained at follow-up. Participants’ stress and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels decreased from baseline to postprogram (marginally significant). Finally, their weight decreased from baseline to follow-up (marginally significant). The pedometer program generated some positive outcomes for nurses after 6 months.

Author Affiliations: FERASI Program, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, and McGill University Health Centre (Dr Lavoie-Tremblay), Montréal, Québec; Behavioural Sciences and Health Research Division, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario (Dr Trudel); and School of Nursing, McGill University (Drs Sounan and Lavigne); Health Human Resource, McGill University Health Centre (Dr Sounan and Ms Martin); and Clinical Research, McGill Cardiovascular Health Improvement Program (Dr Lowensteyn), Montréal, Québec, Canada.

This work was supported by a grant (PHE 104089) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de la Recherche en santé au Québec (FRSQ). Geneviève L. Lavigne acknowledges postdoctoral funding support from CIHR (CIHR-FRN 123729). Melanie Lavoie-Tremblay acknowledges career award junior 2 funding from FRSQ (FRSQ 22495).

The authors have no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Mélanie Lavoie-Tremblay, N.PhD, FRSQ, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, 3506 University St, Montreal, QC H3A 2A7, Canada. (melanie.lavoie-tremblay@mcgill.ca).

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