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Am J Public Health. 2006 Jul;96(7):1201-9. Epub 2006 May 30.

Results of the first year of active for life: translation of 2 evidence-based physical activity programs for older adults into community settings.

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  • 1Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA. swilcox@sc.edu

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  • Am J Public Health. 2006 Nov;96(11):1901.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Translating efficacious interventions into practice within community settings is a major public health challenge. We evaluated the effects of 2 evidence-based physical activity interventions on self-reported physical activity and related outcomes in midlife and older adults.

METHODS:

Four community-based organizations implemented Active Choices, a 6-month, telephone-based program, and 5 implemented Active Living Every Day, a 20-week, group-based program. Both programs emphasize behavioral skills necessary to become more physically active. Participants completed pretest and posttest surveys.

RESULTS:

Participants (n=838) were aged an average of 68.4 +/-9.4 years, 80.6% were women, and 64.1% were non-Hispanic White. Seventy-two percent returned posttest surveys. Intent-to-treat analyses found statistically significant increases in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and total physical activity, decreases in depressive symptoms and stress, increases in satisfaction with body appearance and function, and decreases in body mass index.

CONCLUSIONS:

The first year of Active for Life demonstrated that Active Choices and Active Living Every Day, 2 evidence-based physical activity programs, can be successfully translated into community settings with diverse populations. Further, the magnitudes of change in outcomes were similar to those reported in the efficacy trials.

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