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- Health-related fitness tests for public health monitoring
- Development and evaluation of a 2-km Walking Test
- Health-related fitness test battery
- Health-related fitness tests for older adults
- Motor Skill Test Battery for Adults
- Required motor abilities in commonly practised exercise modes
- Physical activity and motor abilities
- Health 2000 and Health 2011
- Exercise Loading and Bone Structure
- FeetEnergy — promoting physical activity among 8th graders
- Promoting safe participation in physical activity
- Prevention of knee and ankle injuries
- Floorball injuries — epidemiology and prevention
- Effects of exercise on physical functioning, bone strength and fall risk among older women
- Vitamin D and Exercise in Fall Prevention
- Effect of vibration training on physical functioning and risk of falling in older people
- Fall-induced injuries among the elderly in Finland
- Neuromuscular Exercise and Counseling Prevent Low Back Pain
- Risk factors of injuries and injury prevention in youth football
- Promoting health-enhancing physical activity
- Counselling, lifestyle and physical activity in maternity care
- Physical activity counseling in maternity and child health care
- Promoting physical activity among women at risk for gestational diabetes
- Validity of a leisure time physical activity questionnaire
- Pregnant Women’s Work Ability, Sickness Absence and Return to Employment
- Effect of physical activity on menopausal symptoms
- Breast Cancer and Exercise
- Prevention of Chronic Lower Back Pain in Female Nurses
- Weight Reduction and Long-distance Truck and Bus Drivers
- Physical Activity and Reducing of Headaches
- Developing physical activity counselling
- HEPA Europe Co-operation
- Safety 2016 World Conference
Physical activity counseling in maternity and child health care – a controlled trial
The purpose of the study is to examine the effects and feasibility of individual physical activity counseling in maternity and child health clinics in Finland.
Three maternity and child health clinics signed up for the experimental group and three for the control group. The participants were 132 pregnant women and 92 women after the birth of their first child.
In the experimental group the nurses integrated a primary and four booster physical activity counseling sessions into routine visits. An option for supervised group exercise was offered.
In the control group former practices, usually including brief physical activity advice, were continued. Leisure-time physical activity prior to pregnancy was elicited by questionnaire and followed 16–18 and 36–37 weeks’ gestation in maternity clinics and 5 and 10 months after childbirth in child health clinics. Feasibility included safety, participant responsiveness, realization of counseling and applicability.
According to analysis of covariance adjusted for baseline leisure-time physical activity and possible confounders, no relative between-group differences in leisure-time physical activity were found at the first follow-up in either maternity or child health clinics.
At the last follow-up in maternity clinics the weekly number of at least moderate-intensity leisure-time physical activity days was 43% higher and the weekly duration of at least moderate-intensity leisure-time physical activity 154% higher in the experimental group compared with the control group. Counseling proved feasible in both maternity and child health clinics.
Counseling encouraged pregnant women to sustain their moderate-intensity leisure-time physical activity and was feasible in routine practices. No effects were observed if counseling was initiated postpartum.
Minna Aittasalo, Researcher
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