Can social networking increase walking among dog owners?
Among 102 dog owners who were sedentary and lived in eight neighborhoods, a portion were randomly assigned to receive emails on increasing physical activity and the remainder were assigned to a Meetup Group. Meetup http://www.meetup.com/
is a social networking website where anyone can invite neighbors to join a group. Participants in the Meetup Group received newsletters, information on dog walks and community events, and an activity monitor.