Fit Over 45 - a Health Promotion Project for Inactive Female Hospital Staff Age 45+ From the University Hospital of Zürich

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified May 2011 by University of Zurich.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Zurich
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01033110
First received: November 25, 2009
Last updated: January 30, 2012
Last verified: May 2011
  Purpose

Background:

Despite the well-known benefits of exercise, 64% of the Swiss population do not fulfill the public health recommendation of physical activity. A survey of female staff members over 45 years of age from the University Hospital Zurich at the end of 2003 showed that physical inactivity is also prevalent in this population.

Aim:

To assess whether inactive women working at a large hospital centre prefer Nordic Walking (NW) or a Jogging (J) as a health promotion strategy. (2) To test whether the method chosen by the majority improves physical performance, physical activity, body weight and composition, and bone mineral density.

Methods: The investigators will send out a questionnaire to all female staff members at a large hospital centre age 45 and older, ask whether they are inactive, and whether they prefer Nordic Walking or Jogging as a health promotion strategy. Depending on the preference of the majority of the women, the investigators will then ask inactive female staff members age 45+ to participate in a 12-months randomized controlled trial comparing training plus nutrition education to nutrition education alone. The training will have a 3-month building-up phase followed up by an in part unsupervised training of 9 months. All participants will receive a lecture on healthy nutrition once a months for 12 months. The investigators will assess diet with a food frequency questionnaire at baseline and after 12 and 24 months.

The primary endpoint is: physical performance, measured with the 12-minute Coopertest.

The secondary endpoints are: level of physical activity, body mass index, body composition and bone mineral density at the spine and the hip.

Importance: This project will address the questions which physical activities are preferred by inactive women and whether the preferred training improves physical performance, physical activity, body mass index, body composition and bone mineral density. In addition, our study will explore whether those women who changed their diet in addition to being randomized to the training group have an enhanced benefit.


Condition Intervention
Healthy
Behavioral: Exercise and Nutrition Education

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention

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Further study details as provided by University of Zurich:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • physical performance [ Time Frame: baseline, 3, 12 and 24 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: January 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Exercise and Nutrition Education
    Guided nordic walking training and 12 presentations about diet and health.
  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

  • USZ-staff, at least 45 years old, insufficiently active according to the Swiss recommendation of health enhancing physical activity (neither 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days in the week nor 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity at least two times per week) and written informed consent.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Acute osteoporotic fracture (<3 month), disability of the musculoskeletal system or cardiovascular diseases which do not allow an endurance training.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01033110

Locations
Switzerland
University Hospital Zurich, Centre on Aging and Mobility
Zurich, ZH, Switzerland, 8091
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Zurich
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Heike Bischoff Ferrari, MD, MPH University Hospital Zurich, Centre on Aging and Mobility
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Zurich
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01033110     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1-bischoff
Study First Received: November 25, 2009
Last Updated: January 30, 2012
Health Authority: Switzerland: UZurich

Keywords provided by University of Zurich:
inactive
>45 years
female

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