OBJECTIVES: The effect of a community-based physical activity program in Pawtucket, RI, was evaluated relative to one in a comparison community. METHODS: Cross-sectional surveys of 7529 residents of Pawtucket, RI, and 7732 residents of the comparison city were conducted at 2-year intervals during 7 years of intervention. RESULTS: There were no differences in self-reported knowledge of the benefits of physical activity, attempts to increase exercise, or prevalence of physical inactivity between Pawtucket and the comparison community. CONCLUSIONS: Future community-based physical activity interventions should attempt to involve a wider range of individuals.


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C B Eaton, K L Lapane, C E Garber, K M Gans, T M Lasater, and R A CarletonDepartment of Family Medicine, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket 02860, USA. [email protected] “Effects of a community-based intervention on physical activity: the Pawtucket Heart Health Program.”, American Journal of Public Health 89, no. 11 (November 1, 1999): pp. 1741-1744.


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