Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chairperson

Dr. Melissa Reed

Committee Member

Dr. Melissa Whidden

Committee Member

Dr. Patricia Davidson



Sedentary behavior, increased total body weight, elevated blood glucose levels and hyperlipidemia increase the risk of prediabetes. Physical activity and weight loss are two strategies for reducing the prevalence of prediabetes and type II diabetes. However, there is little known about the role of pedometers with regards to a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) PURPOSE: To determine if pedometer use could aid in the reduction of total body weight, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels as a part of the CDC’s DPP. METHODS: Body weight, FBG and lipids were measured prior to the start of the DPP and 16 weeks following intervention. The pedometer group (PG) (n=9) received pedometers and the control group (CG) (n=8) did not. The PG was asked to wear a pedometer for sixteen weeks. A 2x2 ANOVA was performed to examine differences. RESULTS: The PG experienced significant (p < 0.05) weight loss from pre to post-test (186.2lbs + 9.7 to 180.7 + 8.9) while the control group did not (191.3lbs + 16.8l to 190.1 + 17.0). There were no significant differences between any other variables. CONCLUSION: It appears that the addition of pedometers into the DPP can contribute positively to weight loss. However, further research and a larger sample size is needed to elucidate the mechanisms that contribute to the changes in fasting blood glucose and lipid profile.