Effectiveness of a behavior change program on physical activity and eating habits in patients with hypertension: A randomized controlled trial

Aline Mendes Gerage, Tânia Rosane Bertoldo Benedetti, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias, Ana Célia Oliveira Dos Santos, Bruna Cadengue Coêlho De Souza, Fábio Araujo Almeida

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Abstract

Background: This study aimed to analyze the effect of a behavior change program, called Vida Ativa Melhorando a Saúde (VAMOS), on physical activity, eating habits, and quality of life in patients with hypertension. Methods: A randomized controlled trial was carried out in 90 patients with hypertension (57.8 ± 9.9 y). They were randomly assigned to 2 groups: VAMOS group (n = 45) and control group (n = 45). The VAMOS group participated in a behavioral change program aimed at motivating changes in physical activity and nutrition behavior for 12 weeks. Physical activity, eating habits, quality of life, selfefficacy, and social support were evaluated at preintervention and postintervention. Results: The control group increased sedentary time (407 ± 87 vs 303 ± 100 min/d; P < .05) and sedentary bouts (434 ± 86 vs 336 ± 98 min/d; P < .05) and reduced total physical activity (553 ± 87 vs 526 ± 86min/d; P < .05). The VAMOS group improved the general healthy eating habits score (36.9 ± 6.6 vs 43.4 ± 5.8; P < .05) and quality of life (44% vs 92%; P < .05). Conclusion: The VAMOS program was effective in improving eating habits and quality of life in patients with hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)943-952
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume14
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Intervention
  • Lifestyle
  • Motor activity
  • Nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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