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The walks often give me a reason to get up and get out in the morning rather than hiding. Towards sustainable Community-health enhancing interventions

Koutrou, Niki, Bistaraki, Angeliki and Ikramullah, Anees (2024) The walks often give me a reason to get up and get out in the morning rather than hiding. Towards sustainable Community-health enhancing interventions. Sport in Society. London. ISSN 1743-0437

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Physical activity (PA) community-based programmes are increasingly put forward to promote active, healthy lifestyles and bring about long-lasting benefits to beneficiaries (Wiltsey Stirman et al., 2012). Programme sustainability refers to the maintenance of an intervention beyond the initial time, resources, or other inputs to support it. A range of factors contribute to sport/PA programme sustainability; however, research often overlooks the critical ingredients to long-lasting interventions (Estabrooks et al., 2011). This study explores the elements that promote, or hinder sustainability of a walking-based intervention addressed to caregivers and care-recipients in Kent, United Kingdom. Drawing on interviews and focus group data with organisers and participants, findings were grouped under three overarching themes: Benefits on social and mental well-being, factors facilitating programme engagement and key implementation considerations. In discussing these findings in context, we provide implications for the sustainable planning and implementation of future community sport and PA programmes.

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Additional Information: This is an original manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport in Society on 27 April 2024, available at:”
Uncontrolled Keywords: Programme sustainability, physical activity interventions, walking, caregivers
Depositing User: Niki Koutrou


Item ID: 17561
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ISSN: 1743-0437
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ORCID for Niki Koutrou: ORCID iD
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2024 12:36
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2024 09:00


Author: Niki Koutrou ORCID iD
Author: Angeliki Bistaraki ORCID iD
Author: Anees Ikramullah ORCID iD

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University of Sunderland in London


Tourism > Events Management
Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Business and Management > Management (general)
Sciences > Sport Sciences

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