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Date:1/24/2008

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Alice H. Lichtenstein is director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Lab in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston. She was encouraged but not surprised by the findings.

"There's something about a pedometer that makes a difference," said Lichtenstein, who is also a former chair of the American Heart Association's nutrition committee.

"Perhaps the pedometer is reinforcing behavior change," she speculated. "With some people, it gives them a goal. For others, it serves as a reminder. And, of course, anyone who's made a commitment to wear a pedometer has likely made some sort of internal commitment to stick with the exercise program. And this is a way you can look and check and see how you're doing. And that's instant gratification."

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For more on pedometer use, visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Division of Nutrition Research Coordination.



SOURCES: Caroline R. Richardson, M.D., assistant professor, department of family medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, and research scientist, Health Services Research and Development Center, Ann Arbor Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc., director, Cardiovascular Nutrition Lab, Gershoff Professor of Nutrition, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, Tufts University, Boston, and former chair, nutrition committee, American Heart Association; January/February 2008, Annals of Family Medicine


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