Strategies to promote walking among community-dwelling individuals with major mental disorders

Margaret Swarbrick, Patricia B. Nemec, Crystal L. Brandow, Amy Spagnolo

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Abstract

Individuals with major mental disorders could benefit from low cost, functional ways to support healthy lifestyles. Walking is a popular, preferred, accessible, and safe physical activity for many people. Walking is free, requiring no specialized equipment or membership fee, and is important to support engagement in other daily living activities. The current study explores the benefits of walking and strategies for promoting walking among community-dwelling individuals with major mental disorders. Key issues include strengthening engagement, tracking progress, and sustaining participation to achieve goals related to walking. The authors propose ways that nurses can support increased walking behavior for improved health and well-being in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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