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Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science


E-mail delivery of workplace wellness programming has become an increasingly popular, cost-effective, and efficient means of disseminating information. In light of that trend, this study compared the effect of face-to-face interventions and email interventions on fitness, quality of life, and maintenance of an exercise program. Twenty previously sedentary employees, age 49 +/- 6.8 years, at Messiah College participated in a 10-week progressive walking program. Prior to the intervention, all subjects performed the Rockport Walk Test and a constant-speed treadmill test, filled out the WHOQOL-BREF, and had their resting blood pressure recorded. Participants were asked to walk four days per week, at a moderate intensity, with duration progressing from 20 to 45 minutes, and report to the researcher via weekly workout logs. Weekly motivational information and walking prescriptions were delivered to 11 of the 20 participants via e-mail. The other 9 met with the researcher and several other subjects for one walk per week, during which the researcher verbally delivered the same messages. All testing measures were repeated at the end of the 10-week program. All participants showed significant (p