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Table 1 Content of the Internet intervention

From: The effectiveness and applicability of different lifestyle interventions for enhancing wellbeing: the study design for a randomized controlled trial for persons with metabolic syndrome risk factors and psychological distress

Content Key points
Health questionnaire Estimate of life expectancy, coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes risk. Description of one’s life habits and behaviors impacting on health and ways to influence them
Coaching programs
Each program includes a weekly message.
In weight management, healthy diet, exercise, sleep improvement and alcohol use management programs the user has an option to record follow-up information about relevant behavior or parameter:
a) Weight management Messages consist of information, practical advice and exercises on weight management (e.g. managing appetite, eating, portion size, buying food), and link to further readings.
b) Healthy diet Messages about healthy diet and practical advice for improvement, and also links to further readings.
c) Exercise Messages include information about health related physical activity and link to further readings. Message contains also advice or practice.
d) Stress and life management Optional: Stress management, Good deeds, Optimism, Human relations, Social relations, Positive interaction in relationships, Resolving conflicts in relationships, Coaching exercises for families with children. The weekly coaching message includes information, practical advice, and exercise about stress or life management and link to further readings.
Optional:
e) Sleep improvement Information, practical advice and exercises on good sleep (e.g. sleep hygiene, environment, relaxation) and link to further readings. Message contains also advice or practice.
f) Alcohol use management Cognitive behavioral program to analyze reasons and situations of alcohol use and advice to avoid excess use.
g) Smoking cessation Cognitive behavioral program to analyze reasons and situations of smoking, mental exercise, and support for quitting.