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Table 2 Structure and content of Walk-2-Quit training

From: Integrating the promotion of physical activity within a smoking cessation programme: Findings from collaborative action research in UK Stop Smoking Services

Duration (total 2 hours) Aims Content
15 mins Review evidence on physical activity intervention content and effectiveness. 1. Summary of findings from 12 chronic studies. 2. Summary of interventions used (structured exercise limited counselling) 2. Discuss practical implications.
15 mins Review evidence on acute effects of physical activity for managing cravings. 1. Summary of findings from 20 acute studies. 2. Discuss practical implications of using physical activity for mood and craving management.
15 mins Review evidence on weight management strategies in smoking cessation 1. Summary of findings from studies on weight gain during smoking cessation. 2. Discuss advisor strategies used to prevent weight gain.
15 mins Introduce aims of Walk-2-Quit within the context of a standard clinic (and NHS training) 1. Outline aims and content of Walk-2-Quit, relative to traditional pharmacological and behavioural support. 2. Highlight cognitive and behavioural processes associated with changing clients' use of physical activity as an aid.
30 mins Train advisors to integrate physical activity promotion into a cessation clinic over 6/7 weeks. Highlight use of self-help guide (from week 1-6/7) to identify key weekly strategies to increasing use of physical activity for managing cravings, emotional eating and weight.
15 mins Train advisors to use pedometers for self-monitoring physical activity for mood and craving regulation. Highlight use of pedometers and other strategies for behavioural and emotional regulation. Link to self-help guide and spaces for weekly self-monitoring.
15 mins Summarise and review implementation of Walk-2-Quit 1. Identify advisor concerns and level of confidence to change current practice to a more integrative approach to multiple behaviour change. 2. Review Walk-2-Quit content to further enhance advisor beliefs about the benefits and personal role in targeting client beliefs.