Pedometer use in university freshmen: A randomized controlled pilot study

James D. LeCheminant, John D. Smith, N. Kay Covington, Tracie Hardin-Renschen, Tim Heden

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Objectives: To describe activity patterns associated with a pedometer intervention in university freshmen and compare the intervention participants to controls for several health outcomes. Methods: Forty-six university freshmen were randomized to a group that wore a pedometer across the academic year with a goal of 10,000 steps/day or to a control group. Results: Pedometer counts were highest initially but decreased over the academic year. December presented the fewest counts. There was little difference between groups in fitness or body composition. Conclusions: Consideration of high-risk months and recommended steps/day may be important to effectively use pedometers to influence some health outcomes in university freshmen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-784
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Freshman
  • Pedometers
  • Physical activity


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