Reaching beyond the 'worried well': Pre-adoption characteristics of participants in 'Men on the Move', a community-based physical activity programme

Liam Kelly, Michael Harrison, Noel Richardson, Paula Carroll, Steve Robertson, Aisling Keohane, Alex Donohoe

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Abstract

Background Issues surrounding gender and menfs health have become an increasing focus of public health globally. Unhealthy lifestyles and lower engagement in health promotion initiatives contributed to lower life expectancy and higher mortality rates among men. This study presents the pre-adoption characteristics of men who registered for eMen on the Movef.a community-based physical activity (CBPA) programme, to ascertain whether the programme reached its intended target group, i.e. eat-riskf adult men who did not meet physical activity (PA) guidelines and were likely to have multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Methods Multiple recruitment strategies were adopted to engage the target group and baseline data collection included a range of demographic, self-report and outcome measures. Results The recruitment strategy succeeded in reaching the target group, with the majority (n = 927) presenting being previously inactive (89.0%), overweight/obese (89.7%) and having multiple CVD risk factors (53.1% ≥ 2 risk factors). However, the strategy was less successful in engaging ehard-to-reachf groups, with the majority being middle-aged, white, married/cohabiting, educated and employed. Conclusions A gender-sensitized, partnership and community outreach recruitment strategy can maximize the reach and recruitment of an eat-riskf cohort for CBPA initiatives, but more targeted approaches are needed to recruit marginalized groups of men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E192-E202
JournalJournal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Community
  • Gender sensitized
  • Men's health
  • Physical activity

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