HALO Director Dr. Mark Tremblay is an author on a paper, “An Evaluation of the My ParticipACTION Campaign to Increase Self-Efficacy for Being More Physically Active,” that was recently published in the Journal of Health Communication. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below.

Craig CL, Bauman A, Latimer-Cheung A, Rhodes RE, Faulkner G, Berry TR, Tremblay MS, Spence JC. An Evaluation of the My ParticipACTION Campaign to Increase Self-Efficacy for Being More Physically Active. J Health Commun. 2015 Sep;20(9):995-1003.

ABSTRACT: The objective of the My ParticipACTION campaign was to inspire Canadian adults to increase their physical activity through messaging that was relevant, engaging, and designed to build self-efficacy to be more active. This research examined the communication effects of the campaign according to the a priori Hierarchy of Effects Model (saliency → cognitive engagement → self-efficacy to become more active → trial behavior) and investigated how these effects related to overall self-efficacy for physical activity, intention to be active, and current activity level. Participants (N = 1,110) were recruited from an existing panel of Canadian adults 18 years and older and completed a short online questionnaire about the potential communication effects. Logistic regression models were constructed to test the communication effects adjusting for age, gender, and education. The relations were consistent with those hypothesized in the model. In addition, some earlier outcomes in the sequence of effects were associated with other outcomes further down the progression. When intention to be active was included, the initial relation between ad-specific self-efficacy and current physical activity disappeared. This analysis suggested that the campaign was successful in increasing self-efficacy to be more active and that using the Hierarchy of Effects Model was useful in guiding the design of campaign messages and assessing communication effects. Given the limited amount of theoretical testing of the Hierarchy of Effects Model, future research employing longitudinal designs is required to further confirm the communication effects of such an intervention and further test the model.