BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease and remains highly prevalent in middle-aged women.

OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that an interventionist-led (IL), primary-care-based physical activity (PA) and weight loss intervention would increase PA levels and decrease weight to a greater degree than a self-guided (SG) program.

INTERVENTIONS: The interventionist-led (IL) group (n = 49) had 12 weekly sessions of 30 min discussions with 30 min of moderate-intensity PA. The self-guided (SG) group (n = 50) received a manual for independent use.


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