Promoting Health-Enhancing Physical Activity: a State-of-the-art Review of Peer-Delivered Interventions

  • Ryan M. Hulteen
  • Katrina J. Waldhauser
  • Mark R. BeauchampEmail author
Psychological Issues (V Drapeau and V Ivezaj, Section Editors)
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Purpose of Review

In this review, we critically examined recent evidence pertaining to the efficacy of peer-delivered physical activity interventions.

Recent Findings

Peer-delivered interventions appear to represent an efficacious, although under-utilized, means of promoting health-enhancing physical activity, among diverse populations across the lifespan, and in different settings. Nevertheless, research has largely failed to identify the salient behaviors/strategies of peer leaders that can promote behavior change among target populations, as well as explanatory mechanisms (i.e., mediators) of intervention effects.


Balanced against recent evidence for the efficacy of peer-delivered interventions to promote physical activity, work in this area appears impeded by an absence of peer-centric explanatory frameworks and theory that may optimize both intervention delivery and efficacy/effectiveness.


Mentorship Leadership Peers Intervention Physical activity Exercise Theory 


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Conflict of Interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of KinesiologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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