Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science




Dr. Rob Petrella

Second Advisor

Dr. Kevin Shoemaker


Physical inactivity is a primary target for prevention of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Rural Canadians are at increased risk of metabolic syndrome - a clustering of risk factors preceding these conditions. This study investigated feasibility and effectiveness of a stage-matched physical activity intervention using novel self­ monitoring technologies in rural adults with metabolic syndrome. Adherence to self­ monitoring protocols was >94%. Stage of change increased by 1 stage (p=0.001). Physical activity increased from 5579 ± 1964 steps/day at week 1 to 7818 ± 4235 steps/day at week 8 (p=0.02). V02max increased by 17% (p<0.05). BMI decreased from 33.1 to 32.7 (p=0.016). Participants were comfortable using the technology, found it easy- to-use, of low burden, and perceived it positively. This pilot study shows that this stage- matched technology intervention for increased physical activity was feasible and effective in high-risk adults in rural Ontario.



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