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Contact Via Mobile Phones and E-Mail Gets Results

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Sep 30, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Are you already communicating with clients via cell phone or e-mail? If not, you might want to start. Numerous studies have shown that social support and individualized feedback are powerful tools for helping people make and keep healthy habits. Recent research presented at the American College of Sport Medicine’s 55th Annual Meeting—held in Indianapolis in May—highlighted the value of e-mail messages for improving attitude, intention and exercise behavior in inactive young adults.

Matthew Parrott, PhD, based at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, recruited 220 inactive men and women with an average age of approximately 20 years and divided them into two groups. Both groups received e-mail messages every other day for 2 weeks: one group received positively worded messages; the second group received the same types of messages combined with images. Attitudes about physical activity as well as intentions vis-à-vis exercise improved in all participants, and all were more active during the study than they had been before the intervention. Improvements were more pronounced in the subjects who received images as well as positive messages.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at