Perceptions of a Peer Modeling Workplace Physical Activity Intervention for Women

Sheri A. Rowland, Marlene Z. Cohen, Carol H Pullen, Paula S. Schulz, Kris E. Berg, Bernice C. Yates

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A workplace physical activity (PA) study tested a novel use of peers to deliver the intervention. Peer models provided vicarious experience for living physically active lifestyles to a group of inactive women. The purpose of this study was to describe participants’ perceptions of the peer modeling intervention. Nine women from the intervention group (n = 26) participated in a 90-minute focus group. Qualitative description using thematic analysis was used to identify themes from the focus group transcript. Two themes about the intervention were “I am left wanting more” and “focus on food.” Two themes about the peer models were “real people” and “it is doable.” Focus group participants perceived the peer modeling PA intervention favorably; however, they desired more attention to healthy eating and more time with peer models. Replication of the study accounting for themes identified by focus group participants is needed to strengthen the peer modeling intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-443
Number of pages7
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • focus group
  • peer model
  • physical activity
  • working women
  • workplace intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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