The relationship between behavior change strategies, physical activity, and fruit and vegetable intake following a cardiac event

Mary A. Nies, Ross A. Dierkhising, Randal J. Thomas, Kristin Vickers, Simone Salandy

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Abstract

Objective: To assess expectations for recovery and use of behavior change strategies as predictors of subsequent diet and physical activity among adults recently hospitalized for a cardiac event. Design: Quasi-experimental design in which adults with recent cardiac event-related hospitalization completed surveys assessing health behaviors and attitudes immediately post-discharge and three months later. Results: Among those completing the study (n = 323), positive expectations about recovery and more frequent use of behavior change skills predicted greater physical activity and better nutrition at follow-up. In multivariate models, baseline health behavior was a significant predictor of physical activity and fruit and vegetable intake at follow-up (alpha = 0.05). Conclusions: Individuals participating in physical activity and eating a heart-healthy diet approximately three months after cardiac hospitalization possessed behavior change skills. Early intervention is critical as health behaviors occurring just days after hospitalization predicted future health behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-391
Number of pages6
JournalHome Health Care Management and Practice
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

Keywords

  • cardiovascular health
  • diet
  • physical activity
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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