Children, parents, and pets exercising together (CPET) randomised controlled trial: study rationale, design, and methods

Philippa S Yam, Ryan Morrison, Viki Penpraze, Carri Westgarth, Dianne S Ward, Nanette Mutrie, Pippa Hutchison, David Young, John J Reilly

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Objectively measured physical activity is low in British children, and declines as childhood progresses. Observational studies suggest that dog-walking might be a useful approach to physical activity promotion in children and adults, but there are no published public health interventions based on dog-walking with children. The Children, Parents, and Pets Exercising Together Study aims to develop and evaluate a theory driven, generalisable, family-based, dog walking intervention for 9-11 year olds.
Original languageEnglish
Article number208
Number of pages10
JournalBMC Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2012


  • physical activity
  • exercise
  • children
  • obesity
  • interventions
  • pets
  • parents
  • dog-walking
  • family-based

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