Fit for prison: special population health and fitness programme evaluation

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Cashin, AJ, Potter, E, Stevens, W, Davidson, K & Muldoon, D 2008, 'Fit for prison: special population health and fitness programme evaluation', International Journal of Prisoner Health, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 208-216.

The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449200802473131

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Objective. To evaluate a health and fitness programme conducted within a New South Wales, Australia correctional facility for male inmates with a chronic illness. Design. A randomised control trial. Sample. Twenty male inmate participants with a chronic illness, two risk factors for developing a chronic illness or who were over the age of 40 years. Measurements. Pre and post programme health assessments that included resting blood pressure and heart rate, weight, body mass index, waist girth, peak flow measures, peripheral saturation of oxygen, blood glucose levels and 6 minute walk test. Intervention. A 12-week structured exercise programme focusing on cardio respiratory endurance, strength and flexibility training. Results. Statistically significant improvements in resting heart rate and endurance were found. Conclusions. The health and fitness programme positively impacts on the health of inmates with a chronic illness. A further study with a larger sample size would be productive.

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