Walking Around Chapel Hill (WACH): A Pilot Exercise Program for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Browne, Julia
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • The health benefits of exercise are well documented, yet annual health care costs related to physical inactivity within the billions. Previous exercise research in individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) has been encouraging yet limited in accessibility and sustainability of interventions. The current study developed and evaluated the impact of a group, pedometer-based walking program on the health of individuals with SMI. To achieve these goals, we first conducted focus groups to obtain input from clients and clinicians regarding implementation and adoption of a walking program. Upon incorporating findings from focus groups, we developed and pilot tested a group, pedometer-based walking program in 16 individuals with SMI, Walking Around Chapel Hill (WACH). Results indicated feasibility and acceptability as well as improvements in physical health, activity level, social support, and mental health. Future research should examine group, pedometer-based walking programs in larger samples and with the inclusion of a comparison condition.
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  • Marks, Bonita L.
  • Penn, David L.
  • Daughters, Stacey
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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