Serial mass-media campaigns to promote physical activity: reinforcing or redundant?

Am J Public Health. 1995 Feb;85(2):244-8. doi: 10.2105/ajph.85.2.244.


Changes associated with two serial, nationwide, mass-media-based campaigns to promote physical activity conducted by the National Heart Foundation of Australia in 1990 and 1991 were examined. Surveys conducted before and after each campaign found statistically significant differences in message awareness (46% vs 71% in 1990; 63% vs 74% in 1991). In 1990, there were significant increases in walking, particularly among older people, and in intentions to exercise. No such changes were apparent in 1991. In the case of these two campaigns, conducted 1 year apart, the second may have been redundant.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Attitude to Health
  • Coronary Disease / prevention & control
  • Educational Status
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Media*
  • Mental Recall
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors
  • Walking