Journal article

Twelve-month findings of the MOVE Frankston randomised controlled trial of interventions to increase recreation facility usage and physical activity among adults

Ben J Smith, Ruth Mackenzie-Stewart, Fiona J Newton, Karine E Manera, Tilahun N Haregu, Adrian Bauman, Robert J Donovan, Ajay Mahal, Michael T Ewing, Joshua D Newton



Substantial cross-sectional evidence and limited longitudinal research indicates that the availability of recreational facilities (e.g., parks, fitness centres) is associated with physical activity participation. However, few intervention trials have investigated how recreational infrastructure can be used to reduce inactivity levels in communities. The MOVE Frankston study aimed to assess the impact of low intensity strategies to promote use of a multi-purpose leisure and aquatic centre in a socioeconomically diverse, metropolitan community. This randomised controlled trial of two years' duration compared public awareness raising (control condition) with two interventions: mailed informatio..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP130101005 (, and by Frankston City Council ( funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.