Target participation groups
While the Talk N Walk program and app can be used by anyone, the target participation group is tween and teen girls, including those who identify as girls and non-gender conforming individuals, and their families. The secondary target participation group includes all families, children and young people.
Health and wellbeing outcomes for Talk N Walk program participants, as supported by findings from the Talk N Walk app user-testing Pilot Program, include:
1 - Improved wellbeing and social connection
- App user behaviour analytics showed a significant increase in users feeling ‘Happy’ and ‘Relaxed’ after a Talk N Walk.
- 33% of pilot program participants said the app improved their mood.
- Nearly 46% of pilot program participants reported being able to talk more about things they wouldn’t normally talk about.
- 25% of pilot program participants reported having more things to talk about.
2 - Increased physical activity levels
- 33% of pilot program participants reported walking more during the four-week trial.
3 - Greater awareness of the benefits of talking and walking and increased motivation to talk and walk for wellbeing.
- 74% of pilot program participants said the app made them want to walk more.
- 80% of pilot program participants said they would recommend the Talk N Walk app to friends of family.
4 - Improved connection to community and nature
“We were attracted to ways to increase our daughter’s physical activity as well as improving communication and connection with family and friends….Getting used to the app first with adults gave her the confidence to use the app and arrange to meet up with friends in the neighbourhood green spaces. Even walking the dog gave her the confidence to get out and about by herself" (Quote from a parent involved in Talk N Walk Pilot Program)
"Feeling connected to nature was important for her well-being. Allowing time to observe surroundings. Daughter asked for “bush” like places to walk even when you are in the city. Together we have investigated local bush land, nature reserves, coastline to plan for future walks.” (Quote from a parent involved in Talk N Walk Pilot Program)