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

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  • 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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Original languageEnglish
Article number208
Number of pages1
JournalBMC Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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.

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